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ROTC at Niagara U to receive top award

LEWISTON – Niagara University’s Reserve Officers Training Corps program will be presented for the second time the MacArthur Award at 10:30 a.m. March 10 in recognition of its cadets’ performance during the 2012-2013 school year. The presentation will take place in Room 407 of St. Vincent’s Hall.

Only eight schools are chosen from among the 273 senior ROTC units nationwide for the MacArthur Award, which is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadet retention rate and its cadets’ performance and standing on the Cadet Command’s National Order of Merit List.

Since its re-establishment as a host ROTC program in 1999, the Niagara University Purple Eagle Battalion has been recognized as the No. 1 program in the nation in 2004 and previously earned the MacArthur Award in 2008.