The purpose of the ball is to recognize the senior class as well as the accomplishments of the cadets and retiring personnel. In addition, awards are given to cadets who have excelled in the program. The evening is prepared and executed by the junior class of cadets. More than 300 cadets, family members, Xavier community members and others are expected to attend.
The featured speaker is Colonel Sam Johnson, Commander of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Okla. COL Johnson joined the Army in 1977 and holds several honors including the ranger tab, the master parachutist badge with combat star and the air assault badge. He completed combat tours in Panama and Afghanistan, taught at United States Military Academy at West Point and holds advanced degrees in kinesiology and national security and strategic studies.
Recently, Xavier’s ROTC battalion received five prestigious awards from the Commander, 7th Brigade, United States Army Cadet Command. The awards include best overall battalion in the brigade, best large school program, most improved battalion, most valuable program award for mission success and an award for exceeding missions when the missions were increased. Xavier’s ROTC beat out all other ROTC programs in Ohio and Kentucky to win the awards.