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ROTC Cadets to take Chinook helicopter from Moravian campus to training site

Lehigh Valley ROTC battalion cadets to receive training at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.

Bethlehem, Pa., April 23, 2008—Moravian College ROTC cadet Matthew Hegarty ’09 (Moorestown, N.J) will be joined by fellow cadets from area colleges on Thursday, April 24 at noon when an Army Chinook helicopter lands in Moravian College’s Quad and flies the group to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. where they will conduct training exercises in preparation for a leadership assessment course. The cadets will take flight from Moravian’s Main Street Campus to Kutztown University, where the helicopter will pick up ROTC cadets from the Kutztown and Reading areas, before moving on to Fort Indiantown Gap.

Beginning on Saturday, April 26, Hegarty and other cadets from the Lehigh Valley ROTC battalion will receive 4 days of training that will include an Army physical fitness test, day and night land navigation, squad tactical exercises, and several other evaluated activities. “After their preliminary training at Fort Indiantown Gap, the Lehigh Valley contingent will join approximately 4,500 third-year collegiate ROTC cadets from across the nation to participate in the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) this summer at Fort Lewis in Washington state,” said Major Matt Lawrence, assistant professor of military science & leadership recruiting at Lehigh University. “Cadets will be assessed for their leadership abilities during the 32-day camp.  Their performance at LDAC has a significant role in their competition to get their desired job in the Army when they commission next year.”

The Chinook helicopter is a twin-engine, tandem rotor, cargo helicopter used for movement of supplies and ammunition, repair parts, petroleum and tactical movement of artillery, troops, and special weapons on the battlefield.

Moravian College students participate in U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) programs through cross-registration with Lehigh University.  ROTC is a leadership program designed to train future commissioned officers in the United States Army.  Following graduation, cadets receive Commissions making them second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. ROTC may be taken by any students during their freshman and sophomore years without any military obligation.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.