WSU ROTC Staff Member Receives Top National Honor

OGDEN, Utah – Army Sgt. 1st Class Corbett L. Whitmore, an assistant professor of military science at Weber State University, was recently recognized as "2003 Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year" for the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Whitmore serves as Operations and Training NCO for WSU's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps' (ROTC) "Wildcat Battalion." He formally received the honor during a military awards ceremony conducted by Cadet Command at Fort Monroe near Hampton, Va. Cadet Command is the parent organization of the Army ROTC program.

The Cadet Command's NCO of the Year Award recognizes the top NCO out of 272 ROTC units located around the United States, according to Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Dale, the command's most senior NCO.

"The sergeants competing for the top spot were tested on a number of military tasks such as map reading, rifle qualification, physical conditioning and other challenging military skills that are essential to members of the U.S. Army in the 21st century," said Dale.

"It is a great honor being named the top noncommissioned officer for the Cadet Command," Whitmore said.  "I really enjoy working with the cadets on campus and watching them grow as young adults.  A good example of their development into future officers is when we are training for our annual Cadet Ranger Challenge competition.  It is great to see the team build cohesion and then watch the cadets come together as a team for the competition."

Lt. Col. Jack Sturgeon, professor of military science, said WSU cadets' success at national competitions this year demonstrates Whitmore's skill as a trainer. Members of the Wildcat Battalion consistently outperformed cadets from other schools Sturgeon said.

"Students just think the world of him," said Sturgeon. "They are in awe of him and realize they can learn a lot from him."

Whitmore, a native of St. Anthony, Idaho, entered the Army in March 1988 and served in a number of infantry and ranger units in the continental United States and Hawaii.  During his 15-year career, Whitmore attended Airborne School and earned the Senior Jumpmaster Badge.  He also attained the prestigious Ranger Tab and served in a number of key leadership positions.  Whitmore just completed the first of his three-year tour-of-duty at WSU.

Whitmore and his wife, Sharon, have two children, a son, Tyler, age 9, and a daughter, Talia, age 6.  The family resides on Hill Air Force Base.

Sgt. Corbett Whitmore, assistant professor of military science
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