Northwest Nazarene University’s ROTC department sent four cadets to provide the color guard for both the Boise State University’s homecoming parade and football game against University of California Davis.
In front of a crowd of over 32,000, Jacob Bartlow, Nampa, Idaho; Brian Penrod and Jason Hunt, Kalispell, Mont.; and Dylan Rice, Whitefish, Mont. were selected for this opportunity as part of the BSU ROTC program. The NNU ROTC program is a partnership school with BSU and College of Idaho. The close relationship the schools have made through the ROTC programs comes from the training exercises, weekly labs and other activities in which they participate together.
Dylan Rice enjoyed the entire experience. “The BSU Homecoming game was by far the largest color guard that I have ever done. I found it interesting that when it came time to do it I really wasn’t nervous. I’ve done color guards for smaller events and was more nervous for those. When we stepped out of the tunnel it was somewhat surreal, and I was so focused that the first thing I really noticed was we were already done and walking off the field!”
Brian Penrod reflected on the event saying, “It was one of the best things I have done in my life. People take it for granted when they see the color guard at a game; they don’t realize what an honor it is to be able to bear our national colors.”
Jacob Bartlow was in agreement and commented, “Being in front of such a large crowd presenting the national colors was the highest honor I could have been offered. It was quite an experience and I am grateful to God for this privilege.” SGM Beers, the NNU ROTC Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, stated, “These four young men did a fantastic job representing the NNU and BSU ROTC. They looked professional, performed flawlessly and made their respected universities proud.”
Eighteen students are enrolled in NNU’s ROTC, of whom 11 are on full scholarship. This program has been a part of NNU since 1995 and has commissioned 18 students into the US Army as Second Lieutenants. ROTC offers full scholarships at NNU that provide for 100 percent tuition, fees, $600 a semester for books and a monthly living allowance. These students are highly qualified and seek to serve their country as commissioned officers in the US Army. For more information about NNU’s ROTC, call Major Rodney Nelson or SGM Clinton Beers at 467-8391, or e-mail Major Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian comprehensive university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 10,000 continuing education students, and 1,900 high school students through the concurrent credit program.
Photo Caption: From left to right, Cadets Jacob Bartlow, Brian Penrod, Jason Hunt and Dylan Rice provide the color guard at BSU’s Homecoming Football Game.