Army ROTC Cadet David Harper is joining senior U.S. military leaders in Lexington, Va., this week for a national security seminar April 16-18. Harper, from Cincinnati, will be meeting with key military officials, including Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Secretary of the Army John McHugh during the seminar.
Harper earned the opportunity to participate in the George C. Marshall ROTC Seminar after being selected as the top Army ROTC cadet in Xavier’s All For One Battalion. While in Lexington, he will have the opportunity to interact directly with key leaders in attendance and to discuss a variety of issues with direct bearing on national security.
“I am honored to represent Xavier University and the All For One Battalion amongst my peers and future leaders from across the country,” Harper said. “The experience will give me valuable insight, undoubtedly applicable to my leadership development, and the opportunity to interact with talented and knowledgeable people regarding our operating environment and my role as a second lieutenant.”
Harper is majoring in international business with a minor in French. He earned recognition earlier this year as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He will be commissioned May 11 and begin his duties as an active duty infantry lieutenant.
“Cadet Harper has clearly demonstrated that he is among the best cadets not only in the All For One Battalion, but in the entire country,” said LTC Shane Ousey, professor of Military Science at Xavier. “Being a Distinguished Military Graduate and the number 65 overall cadet in the nation is a true testament to his talent and hard work.”
The Marshall ROTC Seminar, in its 34th 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 was secretary of defense during the Truman Administration. His vigorous efforts to help the economies of Europe recover from the ravages of World War II earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.