For Two Years in A Row, EWU Army ROTC Recognized with Top Instructor Award

The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), “Fighting Eagles” battalion is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row one of our faculty members has been recognized with a U.S. Army Cadet Command Instructor of the Year Award.  Major (MAJ) Nicholas Carbaugh was recognized as the 2020 Officer Instructor of the Year out of all 274 ROTC battalion across the country.

MAJ Nicholas Carbaugh

As MAJ Carbaugh advanced through the different levels of the award process he had to submit multiple videos of himself instructing his students as well as letters of recommendation. A board at Cadet Command headquarters at Fort Knox, Kentucky review all the submissions from across the United States that made it to the final round and selected MAJ Carbaugh as the top instructor.

MAJ Carbaugh is a finance graduate from Virginia Tech who serves in the Field Artillery branch.  He has been instructing at EWU for nearly two years.  This year he has served as the lead instructor for our third year Cadets to prepare them to attend Advanced Camp training.  For the past two years our Cadets have had well above average Advanced Camp scores assisted by MAJ Carbaugh’s instruction.

MAJ Carbaugh
MAJ Carbaugh (right) talks with Cadet Cesar Guzman (left) during a March 2020 Field Training Exercise.

MAJ Carbaugh also represents the Department of Military Science as its representative on the Academic Senate.  As a senator he is responsible for helping to formulate university policy and take part in the development of recommendations to be acted on by the Board of Trustees.  In the local community he was elected as the Treasurer for the Montessori School Board where he is responsible for advising on how the school spends its budget.  MAJ Carbaugh is clearly not only an outstanding instructor, but an important part of the university, and the community.  Congratulations to MAJ Carbaugh for his well deserved recognition as the 2020 U.S. Army Cadet Command Officer Instructor of the Year.

MAJ Carbaugh driving our historic Jeep while conducting Cannon Crew duties at an EWU home football game.

MAJ Carbaugh’s award follows the Non-Commissioned Officer Instructor of the Year Award given to then Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jason Hennig last year.  EWU Army ROTC is only program in the nation that has won a total of three national Cadet Command awards for excellence the past two years.  Last year our Human Resources Administrator, Ms. Linda Moody won the award for the top Cadet Command HRA as well.

For anyone wanting to be part of our award winning ROTC program, it is still possible to sign up. ROTC is the one way to explore military service with no obligation to join.  Any enrolled or incoming EWU student can sign up for a military science class.  Please contact Ms. Linda Moody at (509) 359-6104 or by email at to determine which military science class is best for you.

Eagle Strong!  Go Fighting Eags!



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