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Ltc. James Johnson wins George C. Marshall Award

By Kim Hoesel
On April 23, 2002

Each year the national Army ROTC program honors its highest rated cadets with the George C. Marshall Award in honor of the late World War II Gen. George C. Marshall, who served as Army chief of staff and as both secretary of state and secretary of defense. The Marshall Award recognizes the most outstanding cadet at each university offering an Army ROTC program.SHSU has prided itself on having an exceptional program, and this is confirmed each year as another cadet is chosen to receive this award.The SHSU winner of the 2002 George C. Marshall Award is Cadet Ltc. James Johnson. "I am honored to receive this award," said Johnson. "It outlines me as the top cadet at Sam Houston State University, which is a high bar to meet."Johnson will attend the four-day conference from April 16-19, held on the campuses of the Virginia Military Institute and the Washington and Lee University. "The conference is an opportunity to visit, interact and socialize with some of the greatest minds and leadership in the Army and Department of Defense," said Maj. Andre Dean, executive office of the ROTC program.Some of the distinguished speakers at the conference will include the secretary of the Army, secretary of defense, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, chief of staff of the Army and many other three and four-star generals."As a cadet, it doesn't get any better than this distinguished honor," said Dean.Each winner will receive a certificate designating that cadet as the winner, an official biography of Gen. Marshall, a two-star congratulatory note from the commanding general and the U.S. Army cadet and a bound awards book with photo and biographical information about each award recipient. "The experience of interacting with politicians and high-ranking military officials will be rewarding in itself," said Johnson.In the future, Johnson plans to attend Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Okla. After the training, he would like to be assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division-Division Artillery. Johnson plans to retire in 16 1/2 years on a 20-year retirement.

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