Video of UH-72A Lakota Helicopter Participating in the EWU ROTC Jump Start 2018

The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Jump Start 2018 was a great training event for all the first year Cadets that participated.  A major highlight of Jump Start was the participation of a UH-72A Lakota helicopter during the field portion of the training.  A short video featuring the Lakota helicopter and its crew can be viewed below:

The EWU ROTC program gives a big thank you to the National Guardsman who are part of Charlie Company, 1-112th Aviation Security and Support based out of Fairchild AFB, WA for supporting Jump Start 2018.

Jump Start 2018 Introduces New Cadets to the EWU ROTC Program

Jump Start 2018

The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program conducted its annual Operation Jump Start between 10-14 September 2018.

The purpose of the five day event is to inprocess first year Cadets, settle them into their dorm rooms, introduce them to Army physical fitness, and conduct initial soldier skills training.  The first day of Jump Start was dedicated to receiving the new Cadets and settling them into their dorm rooms.  After a successful first day, the second day of Jump Start began with the Cadets receiving a welcome from the EWU ROTC Cadre and the Military Science Department Chair, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Stafford:

The Cadets then proceeded to conduct team building activities led by Military Science (MS) third and fourth year cadets (MS III & MS IV):

In the afternoon, the Jump Start Cadets conducted Drill and Ceremony training directed by the MS III and MS IV Cadets:

The Cadets ended day 2 by being issued their initial gear and uniforms:

A very busy Day 3 for the Cadets began with some early morning physical training (PT):

They also got to meet the EWU ROTC obstacle walls:

After PT the first year Cadets conducted classroom training on land navigation in preparation for the field portion of Jump Start that would begin later in the day:

They then applied their newly learned land navigation knowledge outside with a compass course:

The Cadets also conducted initial rifle marksmanship and movement & maneuver training:

Field Exercise

Later that afternoon the Cadets then deployed out to Seven Mile Training Area located in the forested hills north of Spokane:

The training area is within the expansive Riverside State Park that straddles the banks of the scenic Spokane River:

The Cadets spent the night outside at the training area and at dawn they woke up to a high temperature of 39 degrees.  After eating a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) breakfast the Cadets then prepped their gear in preparation for a busy day of training:

The Cadets divided into groups and conducted soldier skills training at various stations.  One of the training station featured land navigation training conducted by EWU ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) Mr. Rob Riedel:

The EWU ROTC Cadet Commanding Officer (CO) Haley Bent along with MS IV Cadet Kyle Isaacson provided instruction on proper movement techniques:

During the training lane Cadets practiced how to react to fire and conduct buddy rushes against enemy positions:

The Cadets also received instruction on how to throw grenades.  MS III Cadet James Tallakson (right) instructs a Jump Start Cadet on how to properly throw a grenade:

A major highlight of the field portion of the training was the arrival of a UH-72A Lakota helicopter flown in by Soldiers from the Washington State National Guard.  The National Guardsman provided an overview brief about the helicopter, allowed Cadets to get inside of it, and answered questions about being an officer in the National Guard:

The helicopter was crewed by (from left to right), Chief Warrant Officer 2 Cody Heathman, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dave Caporicci, and 2nd Lieutenant Brett Johnson:

The National Guardsman are part of Charlie Company, 1-112th Aviation Security and Support based out of Fairchild AFB, WA:

Final Day of Jump Start 2018

After the completion of a successful fourth day of Jump Start training, the Cadets headed back to Cheney for a well deserved night of rest.  The rest was needed because on the final day of Jump Start 2018 began with the Cadet Commanding Officer, Haley Bent leading the new Cadets on their first unit run:

During the run the Jump Start Cadets took a team picture at the entrance gate of Eastern Washington University:

The final day of Jump Start 2018 concluded with a luncheon and award ceremony for the Cadets with their parents:

Jump Start 2018 was without a doubt a great success.  A total of 33 MS I Cadets were able inprocess, move into their dorms, become familiarized with PT, and conduct basic Soldier skills training.  These talented MS I Cadets have kicked off what will be another great year for the EWU ROTC program.

Go Fighting Eagles!

EWU ROTC Assistant Professor of Military Science Featured on Eastern 24/7 Website

Here is an opportunity to learn more about a member of our Eastern Washington University (EWU) ROTC faculty; Assistant Professor of Military Science Captain Nicholas Carbaugh was recently profiled on the Eastern 24/7 website.  Captain Carbaugh is a Field Artillery officer that arrived at EWU this summer from Joint Base Lewis-McCord.  During this academic year he is the primary instructor for our MS II Cadets.  You can read more about Captain Carbaugh by clicking this link.

US Army Website Publishes Article Highlighting Two EWU ROTC Nursing Cadets

Two of our outstanding Eastern Washington University ROTC nursing cadets were featured this week on the official US Army website  An excerpt from the article can be read below:

Cadet Hayley Primm, from Eastern Washington University in Korea.

Cheney, Wash — When someone asks Candace Madriaga and Hayley Primm what they did over the summer, the two Eastern Washington University (EWU) Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets can enthusiastically say that they had a summer very different from their fellow college students.

That is because both Cadets participated in the Army’s Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP). The NSTP only accepts the top ROTC applicants to complete a four-week training event where Cadets are assigned to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and overseas. The NSTP introduces Cadets to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer.

Under the supervision of an experienced Army nurse, the Cadets obtain invaluable hands-on experience. This one-on-one experience allows them to hone their clinical skills, develop their problem-solving techniques, and become comfortable with developing their professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.  []

The rest of the article can be read at the above link, but the EWU ROTC program places Nurses into the Army each year. As a general rule, EWU ROTC Nurse Cadets complete their first two to three years of nursing and ROTC pre-requisites on Eastern’s Cheney campus. Nursing Cadets then complete their final two years at the Washington State University College of Nursing in downtown Spokane.  The WSU College of Nursing reserves seats in each class for EWU ROTC nurses that achieve their admissions standards.

Cadet Candace Madriaga pictured on the right with her nursing mentor at Madigan Army Medical Center.

More about EWU ROTC’s nursing program can be read at the below link:

Finally great job by our Assistant Professor of Military Science, Captain Greg Benjamin for writing, submitting, and then having his article selected for publication on

Operation Jump Start Day 1

10SEP18PSG and SL meeting w/ Mr. Riedel0900-1000Cadet Hall Room 206Mr. Riedel
Trainers meeting w/ Mr. Riedel1000-1100Cadet Hall Room 206Mr. Riedel
Prep Gear and beginning issuing all day1100-1130Cadet Hall Supply RoomMs. Moody
Arrival / Task Organize / Light Lunch1130-1230Cadet Hall Room 206Mr. Riedel, PSGs and SLs
Welcome1230-1300Cadet Hall Room 206Mr. Riedel
Inprocess new Cadets1300-1400Cadet Hall Room 206Ms. Moody, Mr. Riedel
Move into dorms on Campus1400-1700DormsSLs
Prep and issue gear1400-1700Cadet Hall Supply RoomMs. Moody
Dinner1700-1800Tawonka HallSLs



EWU ROTC Color Guard Presents Flags Before 2018 Home Football Opener

Our Eastern Washington University (EWU) ROTC Color Guard team started out the 2018 football season with a flawless performance presenting the flags before EWU’s home opener against Central Washington University. It was a beautiful day for football made even better by the great performance of our Color Guard presenting our national and state colors during the national anthem.  The EWU football team defeated CWU by a score of 58-13.

Below are a few pictures and a video of the Color Guard team in action:

The EWU Color Guard poses with the EWU Cannon Crew before the start of EWU’s football home opener on Sept. 1, 2018 at Roos Field.  Picture provided courtesy of Mr. Jerry Mellick.


The EWU ROTC Color Guard carry out the national and state colors before the playing of the national anthem at Roos Field on Sept. 1, 2018.  Photo of Color Guard provided courtesy of Mr. Jerry Mellick.


The EWU ROTC Color Guard marches to the center of Roos Field to present the state and national colors during the playing of the national anthem on Sept. 1, 2018.  Picture provided courtesy of Mr. Jerry Mellick.


The EWU ROTC Color Guard presents the state and national colors during the singing of the national anthem at Roos Field on Sept. 1, 2018 before the university’s home opening football game.  Picture provided courtesy of Mr. Jerry Mellick.


The EWU ROTC Color Guard marches off of Roos Field on Sept. 1, 2018 after presenting the colors for the playing of the national anthem.  Photo courtesy of Mr. Jerry Mellick.

Below is a video of the EWU ROTC Color Guard presenting the colors during the playing of the national anthem at Roos Field:

Great job by the Color Guard and Go Eags!