Cadet Profiles

Gregory Fitzpatrick

Gregory Fitzpatrick

Student Background

Major

Economics

Mission

Argentina Buenos Aires South

Year

Junior


ROTC is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself and grow as a leader and citizen of this great nation. ROTC focuses on developing leaders and helping students prepare to face whatever the world can throw at them. You learn about yourself and your country's Army. There really is not anything quite like it.
Favorite ROTC memory

This last summer, I went to Ft. Benning, Georgia and earned my Airborne wings. I made 5 jumps from a C-130 aircraft at an altitude of just 1,250 ft. Nothing I have done quite compares to leaping from a plane in flight. It forced me to move outside my comfort zone and trust in my equipment and training, but I firmly believe that the greatest feeling in the world is looking up and seeing a fully-deployed canopy overhead. Airborne!!

How ROTC has enhanced my leadership abilities

ROTC has given me the chance to lead in stressful or changing situations. I have learned how to adapt to challenges and deal with constraints. There is no other class that actually puts you in positions of responsibility and then teaches you to succeed. One great tool that we use is called the Field Leadership Reaction Course, which is basically a team obstacle course. Various constraints, like blindfolds or limited materials, are introduced, and the leader then must guide his team to success. Army leadership does not consist of yelling, but of motivating and working together. I applied many of the skills I learned in my first year in ROTC as a missionary in Argentina and was impressed by how well Army leadership worked in a totally different environment.

What I want to do in the Army

I am joining the Army so that I can serve my country. I want to make the Army a career, and I want to be challenged every day of that career. As such, I want to be an Infantry Officer and lead soldiers in a combat role. It is a job that will allow me to travel to different places around the world and serve my country in the best way I know how.

Why I chose to join the ROTC

ROTC is a great opportunity. It is paying for my education and allowing me to enter into the career field of my choice with no student debt. I get amazing training and travel opportunities, such as Airborne school, exchange trips to Chile, and competitions across the country. I get unique training and mentoring during my entire time here at BYU. BYU, in fact, is one of the great benefits of ROTC: I can attend this great school and still enter into the Army on equal footing with an Officer coming from one of the other commissioning pathways.

How ROTC has enhanced my spiritual life

This summer, I spent some time on military bases across the country. I attended church on post with a number of basic trainees. It was quite the experience to attend sacrament meeting in camouflage. I was humbled to be in the presence of young men preparing to serve their country, and believe me, church had a particularly special meaning. There were a large number of investigators in the congregation, impressed by the example of their buddies enough to take some of their valuable down time to see what was so special. To be perfectly honest, it made me think of my time as a missionary, and the feeling of serving a cause greater than yourself.

Cimony Greenhalgh

Cimony Greenhalgh

Student Background

Major

Therapeutic Recreation

Mission

N/A

Year

Junior


If you want to get to know yourself and what makes your gears turn, join ROTC.
Favorite ROTC memory

Taking out the giant flag on the field for the first Football game.

How ROTC has enhanced my leadership abilities

There are a ton of stressful situations when we are running tactical operations and a lot of the leadership shows its true colors when you are able to effectively prepare individuals well before hand.

What I want to do in the Army

I originally joined the National Guard as military intelligence but am now transferring over into the Engineers because I much prefer to work with my hands.

Why I chose to join the ROTC

I joined ROTC because it was the most fluid way for me to become an officer while I was finishing up school.

How ROTC has enhanced my spiritual life

The military in general has helped me focus on how I want to live my life and how much I need the Savior. I have met so many people in the military who seem so lost about who they are and where they are going. I am so grateful to have that direction.

Mark Petersen

Mark Petersen

Student Background

Major

Electrical Engineering

Mission

Peru, Lima

Year

Junior


To me, ROTC is about self-improvement. Embrace becoming better!
Favorite ROTC memory

My most precious ROTC memories have not been from shooting guns, repelling, or other activities of similar nature. Rather, they have come from time spent learning and growing with friends. I remember the conversations held, the mysteries learned, the qualities observed, and moments spent serving. Without ROTC, my college years would have been passed like a shadow, a fleeting memory, but ROTC has given me memories that I can look back on and forever learn from.

How ROTC has enhanced my leadership abilities

Leadership can be defined as the ability to influence others towards a common goal. Such a statement might be perceived as manipulative, but it depends on the means of influence and the goal. Through ROTC I have learned how to increase in confidence, effective communication, innovation, values, interpersonal tact and more. ROTC has helped me develop these attributes by equipping me with tools and experience. I have taken a leadership class in college that has filled my mind with endless theories, but I don't become by listening but rather doing, and ROTC has given me the opportunity to apply and become.

What I want to do in the Army

I am not sure what I want to do in the Army. This question is like taking a kid to the candy aisle and asking them what candy they want. First the kid widens his eyes as he measures the length of the long aisle filled with candy, then he slowly scans it for new candy that he had never seen before. And soon the kid has been looking at the candy for minutes unable to decide. What I am trying to say is that the Army offers so many wonderful opportunities, and I currently don't know which opportunity I want to pursue. However, I strongly believe that whatever I do, the Army will properly prepare me to excel in any task given.

Why I chose to join the ROTC

Before I left on my mission, I was introduced to the idea of joining ROTC; an idea engendered from irrational thought, or so I imagined. During the two years I invested in my mission, I learned that the mission was not only about edifying others through evangelizing but to edify oneself. I struggled and strove to better myself and others during my mission years, and after the mission I was not going to end my pursuit of becoming more. But the question was how to become what I wanted to become. Through introspection and counseling with friends and family I decided that ROTC offers an enriching and fundamental environment that helps develop people as individuals and teams. To me, ROTC is about learning tools to help you to become a better person, and to allow you to be in a better position to help others. This is why I chose to join ROTC: to become.

How ROTC has enhanced my spiritual life

Have you ever known a person whom you classified as spiritual? What was it about that person that made you attribute such a divine description to that individual? Was it their possessions or things they said? Or was it their behavior? I believe that the spirituality of a person can be recognized by the person's behavior. I don't want to say the ROTC program by itself, but rather, the combination of leaders and members of ROTC have really shaped who I am now. I have seen my behavior change remarkably during my time in ROTC as the leaders provided the necessary challenges in order to shape my behavior for good. And as my behavior improves, I believe I become more like who I should become.

Chase Dowse

Chase Dowse

Student Background

Major

Geospatial Intelligence (geography)

Mission

Zambia, Lusaka

Year

Sophomore


Army ROTC: Don't just learn to lead, learn to be a Leader.
Favorite ROTC memory

The 2014 Sandhurst competition with the Ranger challenge team. The competition was a blast. What made it so great though wasn't just all the fun experiences we had at the competition but the journey to get there. We practiced and worked out hard on a daily basis, pushing our limits each time. Learning not just how to be a team, but to then go and apply everything we've learned and worked for at a competition against people from all over the world. Not much can compare.

How ROTC has enhanced my leadership abilities

Honestly, the way it has best enhanced my leadership abilities is by showing me my weaknesses. Running through the labs and even your daily activities in ROTC you will find out where your leadership abilities and personal attributes fall short. By seeing them I've been able to work at them. ROTC provides that opportunity to work at, practice, apply and reapply those leadership skills. How better to enhance your leadership abilities than by doing them. I've still got a lot of improvement to make but even in my first two years of ROTC I've seen a change.

What I want to do in the Army

Branch-wise I'm not sure exactly what I want to do in the Army. What I do know is that I want to protect the liberties we have and the things which are good in this world. I want to help bring liberty to those who are struggling for it. Therefore, I want to challenge myself physically, mentally, and in every other way. Pushing myself as far as I can go so that I can reach my full potential.

Why I chose to join the ROTC

I always wanted to join the military. I wasn't always thinking of the Army, but I knew I wanted to join since I was in elementary school. As I served my mission that desire grew, and I wanted to make a difference to defend the liberties I was beginning to understand and appreciate. My mission president introduced me to the idea of going to BYU and I immediately checked out their military program. I was planning on doing OCS at the time, but as I looked at and prayed about the BYU Army ROTC program I felt it was the right path for me and the best place for me to learn real leadership and organization.

How ROTC has enhanced my spiritual life

The one thing I think people fail to realize is that there is no real division between our spirituality and the things we do on a daily basis. Everything we do on this earth is about our spiritual and eternal progression. Our every action effects not only us as individuals but those around us. ROTC has helped me to realize that. I feel that at BYU especially, there is a strong emphasis on the importance of our morals/standards as leaders in the Army. I've been able to learn about these attributes first hand by seeing and hearing about how the individuals I am with have applied them. The Cadre we have are without a doubt some of the best men you could meet, and their examples and teachings has greatly influenced and motivated me. Not only to improve my spirituality in my daily life, but how to be a better person and stronger leader.

Molly Hinton

Molly Hinton

Student Background

Mission

Nursing

Mission

N/A

Year

Sophomore


ROTC and Nursing make the best combination for a college career. Plus, everyone loves a lady (or man) in uniform. 12 out of 10, would recommend.
Favorite ROTC memory

I have too many favorite memories to pick just one. Rappelling, feeling on top of the world after completing long ruck marches, emptying 30 round mags into targets, chasing my "enemy" with an empty paintball gun after screaming "FIX BAYONETS!", getting to ride in a medical Black Hawk helicopter like I hope to be flying in the near future, or tackling members of the "SAPA" forces. Besides, any moment involving one of Captain Timmons' life lessons is worth remembering. ROTC is fun stuff, kids.

How ROTC has enhanced my leadership abilities

I am only half way through the program and ROTC has already helped me grow into a great leader. Through lab and Ranger Challenge I get to put my knowledge to the test and prove my critical thinking and discipline with my squad and team members.

What I want to do in the Army

I am currently enlisted in the Utah National Guard and am headed to Basic Training next semester. I hope to pick up an Airborne slot along the way along with any other cool guy schools I can swing. I hope to commission into the Medical Service Corps as a Medevac Pilot while spending my civilian time as a trauma nurse. It's the best of every world.

Why I chose to join the ROTC

At first I started ROTC so I could have my tuition covered, but then I realized how much fun I could have in the Army doing cool stuff and saving lives.

How ROTC has enhanced my spiritual life

Pushing myself physically and mentally has allowed me to really see what I am made of, what I can accomplish and remember who made all of this possible for me.

Chase Witter

Chase Witter

Student Background

Major

Public Health

Mission

Brazil Londrina Mission

Year

Junior


If you have never consider ROTC, consider it, it can enlarge the vision of the potential that you have at life.
Favorite ROTC memory

My favorite memory of ROTC was probably the leadership reaction courses we did at LDX this past semester. It was fun watching everyone's reactions to the goofy situations put in front of us.

How ROTC has enhanced my leadership abilities

ROTC in the leadership aspect of things has helped me to understand the varying rolls of leadership. Not only does the program teach you principles to being a good leader, but also teaches you lots about being a good subordinate. Having an opportunity to lead after being lead gives you a different perspective on how you should treat jobs that may seem less important and overall has made me more charitable.

What I want to do in the Army

I'd like to be in the medical corp of the Army, but if things don't work out I would like to be a chaplin.

Why I chose to join the ROTC

I chose to join ROTC because my twin brother is at West Point and told me about all of the cool stuff he got to do. I figured I would try it out and see if I enjoyed it as much as he did.

How ROTC has enhanced my spiritual life

Being in ROTC has surprisingly made me more understanding. Before joining ROTC I always thought that understanding and compassion weren't attributes necessary in the Army. I was dead wrong, I have found that my best leaders have been compassionate and understanding of my situations. Having had good leaders, I feel blessed to have had their examples rub off on me.

Moroni Redd

Moroni Redd

Student Background

Major

Geography

Mission

California Oakland/Sanfransisco

Year

Senior


"Try it out. It is a great opportunity to learn a little bit about what your freedom costs and provides opportunities to develop leadership qualities that will be beneficial for life."
Favorite ROTC memory

During LDAC (the cadet summer training) at Fort Knox Kentucky, I was leading my team as part of a security element while clearing a village for potential threats. When the village locals jumped most of my squad, I led two of my team members around the back of some houses and cleared out several SAPA (bad guys) without them ever seeing us coming. We were firing blanks from real weapons, so it felt a lot more realistic than most previous training and I went into the tunnel vision mode I've heard combat veterans talk about, where their training simply takes over and they go through it without having to think too hard. It was then that I realized that I was more ready than I'd expected when stuff hits the fan and the adrenaline starts pumping.

How ROTC has enhanced my leadership abilities

I have learned how to make decisions quickly with the amounts of information I have at that moment, and still being very adaptable as situations change or more information comes in. I've learned the importance of clear communication and empowering my subordinate leaders to carry out missions without my being there. Being a part of ROTC has taught a lot me and given me hands on experience in being a leader.

What I want to do in the Army

I want to be a platoon leader in a combat arms branch, either infantry or armor where I will gain more leadership training and experience. Depending on how that works out over the course of four years, I will then either try out for the special forces or branch into the military intelligence community where I will use my academic major in making valuable contributions and gaining another set of invaluable skills.

Why I chose to join the ROTC

I've always wanted to join the army, it's a family tradition upheld for several generations. Most importantly though, it is where I know the Lord wants me to be.

How ROTC has enhanced my spiritual life

My spiritual life has been greatly enhanced by participation in ROTC. Preparing for a profession where killing is expected forced me to ask hard questions. It put me in an environment where I know that eventually, most people I will be around will not share my religion, but where I get to be with some of the best people the world has to offer.

Matthew Lisle

Matthew Lisle

Student Background

Major

History

Major

History

Year

Senior


No matter what your goals, ROTC will not only provide purpose and community here at BYU, but will open doors for you in the future that would never be available otherwise. If you want it to, it will challenge you to be a better person and a better leader.
Favorite ROTC memory

Definitely my summer training opportunities. I had the chance to travel to Egypt and El Salvador, as well as attend training at Air Assault School where I got to rappel out of a helicopter. This last summer I did some training with a tank company, and got to be part of a tank crew for a few days in the field. Finally, competing in the Sandhurst competition at West Point was amazing, visiting the academy and meeting cadets from all over the world was an unforgettable experience.

How ROTC has enhanced my leadership abilities

I've learned that a major part of being a good leader is being a good follower and a good team player first. A good leader empowers his or her subordinates and develops them, you can't do everything yourself. Everything we do in ROTC helps shape us into better leaders in ways we don't realize in the moment. Looking back I can see that I've become a better leader over time, even though I didn't see it in the moment.

What I want to do in the Army

I'm going to be an infantry officer, leading American soldiers in combat. I can't think of anything I'd rather do.

Why I chose to join the ROTC

I wanted a college education and wanted to join the Army, so it worked out pretty well (and the scholarship didn't hurt). ROTC gave me a sense of purpose and a community that other students don't have, and it definitely helped drive me towards success in my college career.

How ROTC has enhanced my spiritual life

ROTC helps me want to be better, and that's an eternal principle. A lot of LDS have a negative impression of the military as an organization filled with immoral people. In reality, the military is filled with normal people, Sons and Daughters of God. An Army officer's job is to lead to inspire these people. My experiences in ROTC have helped me to understand the importance of being an example to others without being self-righteous, and to respect other people's different beliefs and backgrounds while standing up for my own values.