Army ROTC Cadet from Fairfield Receives National Level Award

March 30, 2010

Cadet Eric Showman, a Xavier University Army ROTC Cadet from Fairfield will be joining senior U.S. military leaders in Lexington, VA at a National Security Seminar April 15 - 17. Showman will meet with key military officials, including Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey and Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

Showman earned the opportunity to participate in the George C. Marshall ROTC Seminar by being selected as the top Army ROTC Cadet in Xavier’s “All For One” Battalion. In Lexington he will interact directly with key leaders in attendance and discuss issues of national security.

"I am very fortunate to be given this opportunity. Representing Xavier University will be a true honor and an incredibly valuable experience,” Showman said. “I look forward to listening and learning in order to better myself as a leader."

Showman is scheduled to be commissioned on May 14th, 2010. At that time, he will take up duties as an Active Duty Infantry lieutenant.

“Cadet Showman has excelled throughout his four years in the All For One Battalion,” says LTC Shane Ousey, Professor of Military Science at Xavier. “Graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate and the top Cadet in his class is a testament to his drive and talent.”

The Marshall ROTC Seminar, in its 33rd year, is named in honor of George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff during World War II. The Marshall Award is given annually to the top Cadet from each of the 273 Army ROTC units around the nation. After concluding his military career, Marshall served as Secretary of State and, later, Secretary of Defense, during the Truman Administration. His efforts to help the economies of Europe recover from World War II earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.