BGSU producing top Army leaders

Some of the Army’s best future leaders are coming from BGSU, which has five Distinguished Military Graduates among this year’s seniors.

The U.S. Army Cadet Command has granted the title only to the top 20 percent of all 3,838 current seniors in Army ROTC programs in colleges and universities across the country.

The seniors were ranked on the basis of leadership and physical abilities, as well as grade point average. Leadership and physical abilities were assessed on campus during the students’ junior year and at last summer’s Warrior Forge training program at Fort Lewis, Wash., explained Lt. Col. Brett Bonnell, a professor and chair of military science and leadership at BGSU.

Brandon Davis was ranked the highest of the 16 participating BGSU cadets, placing 51st among the seniors nationwide. Davis, a criminal justice major from Dresden, Ohio, is commander of the cadet battalion at Bowling Green and “a well-rounded leader,” Bonnell said.

Another criminal justice major, Seth Grimm of Nashport, Ohio, earned the distinguished graduate title by ranking 250th in the nation. Fellow BGSU cadets Jon King (342), Kevin Hancock (440) and Joe Dyer (520) also placed well within the top 20 percent of all assessed seniors.

King is a political science major from North Baltimore, while Hancock, from Wooster, is a Spanish major and Dyer, from Whitehall, is majoring in architecture. They, along with Davis, are scheduled to graduate next May, and Grimm will graduate in August.

The five honored seniors—each of whom will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army—are “quality cadets in key leadership positions,” Bonnell said. Grimm is operations officer for the BGSU battalion, while King is Alpha Company commander; Hancock, executive officer, and Dyer, assistant training officer.

“They’ve worked so hard,” added Bonnell. “We want to foster that same type of achievement” among the underclassmen in the ROTC program.

November 14, 2005