Chippewa/Bulldog Battalion Staff Ride to Mackinac Island
March 16017, 2018 (Funded by alumni Terry Moore - '65)
by CDT Jessica Kontur
CMU and Ferris cadets Kellerman, Miller, Kontur, Combs, Vandermolen and VanBuren, along with cadre LTC May and SFC Person, spent a chilly Friday walking the battlefields on Mackinac Island. We visited the British Landing, Battlefield of 1814, Fort Holmes and Fort Mackinac during our 6+ mile walk. This event provided an opportunity for cadets to learn more about the Battle of 1814, along with what made the war successful for the British. We also discussed what American leaders could have done better. Each cadet had an assigned leader at different parts of the island to analyze their importance during this battle, as well as what they did well or could have done better. Overall, a peaceful and fun weekend was spent at Mackinac Island fulfilling one of our commissioning requirements.
Chippewa/Bulldog Battalion Staff Ride to Gettysburg
April 14, 15, 16, 2017
by CDT Kraft
Chippewa/Bulldog Battalion Staff Ride: CDT Swymeler
February 19, 2016
Throughout my journey with the Chippewa battalion I have
come to love being around my classmates, cadre, and new cadets. I have had the
privilege of learning from these individuals and growing with my classmates
throughout the last 3 years in the program. In past years this battalion has
executed a staff ride to a variety of locations in order to afford cadets the
opportunity to personally study and experience a battle that occurred on
American soil. This year I had the opportunity to travel to Fort Meigs, Ohio,
with my fellow classmates and my closest friends.
Being afforded the opportunity to walk amongst the Fallen Timbers
Memorial, Side Cut Metropark, Fort Megis, and the Fort Meigs Union Cemetery was
extremely rewarding. Each Cadet had an opportunity to share their research they
gathered of the battle while standing on the exact soil where the events took
place. It was very awe-inspiring to see the terrain and imagine what the battle
must’ve been like 200 years ago.
overall experience was extremely valuable to our learning as soon-to-be Second
Lieutenants. Our whole graduating class can agree that to be a part of such a
rewarding organization that has these capabilities has significantly enhanced our
time here at Central Michigan University. The exciting terrain, unique battle,
beautiful weather, and amazing company all made this year’s Staff Ride’s
memories one for the books, a huge thank you to everyone that made this trip a
BROADENING EXPERIENCE October 18-22, 2013
by CDT Kirsten Jex
For a number of years the Senior Military Science class takes a trip to Gettysburg, PA, and Washington, D.C. I was fortunate enough to take part in the Broadening Experience this fall, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity. Spending quality time with my fellow Cadets was great, but being able to walk the Battlefield of Gettysburg and the National Mall with them was remarkable. Our tour of Gettysburg was focused on the involvement of Michigan units in the battle and began with a short video summarizing the battle. Cadet Andrew Stow put his knowledge of American history to work and acted as our tour guide through the battlefield. The next day, we were able to visit the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institute, and Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the monuments found all over our Nation’s capital. We took a bus tour of Arlington and watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On our last afternoon in Washington, D.C., were attended the AUSA convention where we were able to meet people from all different military backgrounds. The experience was extremely valuable for soon-to-be Lieutenants like me, and a huge thank you goes to Mr. Terry Moore for making the trip possible.