DATE:  September 5, 2006       
CONTACT: Major Kurt Adams, Assistant Professor of Military Science, (361) 825-5845; or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337

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WHO:             Dr. Flavius Killebrew, president of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Dr. Carlos Garcia, president of Del Mar College; and Colonel James House, Commander 12th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command
WHAT:           Activation of the U.S. Army ROTC Islander Battalion
WHEN:           Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 2 p.m.
WHERE:        Performing Arts Center, A&M-Corpus Christi

ROTC Program at A&M-Corpus Christi to be Established as an Independent Battalion
The U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi marks a new era on Wednesday, Sept. 6, when the Islander Battalion is activated in a ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center on the University campus.

The ROTC training began at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, then Corpus Christi State University, in 1978. For the next 28 years, the ROTC program grew and prospered as a partner with Texas A&M University-Kingsville as the Javelina Battalion’s Charlie Company. ROTC basic course expanded to Del Mar Community College in the spring semester of 1984. Beginning Sept. 6, the United States Army ordered the ROTC program to be established as an independent battalion. Courses will still be offered at Del Mar College by the battalion.

The ROTC is a program that trains and prepares college students to be commissioned officers. The mission of the ROTC program at A&M-Corpus Christi is to train the future leaders of the Army. To this day, 139 cadets from A&M-Corpus Christi have been commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants.