The awards are presented each year by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, the parent organization of the Army ROTC, in conjunction with Norfolk’s General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. The Eastern Region is comprised of 133 university ROTC programs.
“Receiving a unit award named after such an esteemed historical Army leader is a tremendous honor,” said Lt. Col. Patrick R. Hampton, the battalion’s commanding officer and professor of military science. “It recognizes the extremely high standards established by successive generations of Xavier University Army cadets. Achieving this award is truly a team effort reflective of the hard work, perseverance, and total commitment exhibited daily by our student-cadets. Outstanding support from the University administration, campus student body, and the local community also made receipt of this award possible.”
The MacArthur Awards were instituted in 1989 to honor the top Army ROTC units from around the country, according to the executive director of the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, retired Marine Corps Col. William J. Davis. “The awards recognize the individual units within the Army ROTC program that have achieved the standards that best represent the ideals of the watch words of ‘Duty-Honor-Country’ as practiced by General MacArthur,” Davis said.
The Army ROTC battalions selected for the awards were the most successful of the Command's 273 units in accomplishing their mission of training and commissioning the majority of the lieutenants entering the Army each year.
Army ROTC teaches students how to succeed in today’s competitive world by providing them with leadership and management skills, which last a lifetime. Many graduates attribute their success in careers in government and industry to the training that they received while ROTC cadets. Among the distinguished graduates of the ROTC program are former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.