The UVA Wise ROTC program held a contracting ceremony on Friday, Aug. 21, for four cadets who are taking another step toward becoming an officer in the U.S. Army. The program also reached a milestone as it now has 34 “Fighting Cavaliers” in the UVA Wise ROTC, the largest cadre in the College’s history.

The cadets are Rozalynd Hamm of Coeburn VIrginia, Gabriel Tolley of Staunton, VIrginia, Conner Giza of Big Stone Gap, VIrginia, and James Graybeal of Johnson City, Tennessee.

Captain Kyle Brenay welcomed the small crowd to the ceremony in Wyllie Hall and explained the three steps needed to become an officer through an ROTC program. The first step, he said, is to join the ROTC as a cadet. The contracting ceremony is the second step, he added. The last step is to successfully graduate with a college degree and then commission after graduation as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Several of the Fighting Cavaliers also received awards for their outstanding work in the program during the 2019-2020 academic year. The awards were given to the following:

Jacob Johnson:  Excellence in Military History

Rozalynd Hamm:  Volunteer Appreciation Award

Conor Jessee:  Military Officers Association of America ROTC Medal; The Military
Order of World Wars Cadet Award

James Graybeal:  Cadet Recruiter Award; Cadet Recognition Award

Conner Giza:  Intramural Award

Logan McGlothlin:  Volunteer Appreciation Award; Nations Society of the United States Daughter of 1812 Award