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Huskie Battalion: Training prepares attendees for start, end of military careers

By Keith Hernandez | September 29, 2014

Prospective Army officers got a taste of their future careers while their leader neared the end of his own during a three-day training event this weekend.This year’s fall Leadership Training Exercise was the first of its kind for senior Cadet Jesspal...

Diesel prepares for goodbye to Huskies

By KeAndre Worthy | November 26, 2013

NIU has a new dog ready to learn old tricks.Today will likely mark the last time Diesel, NIU’s mascot, will represent the Huskies during a home game. Master Sgt. Rufus Beamon, an instructor in Huskie Battalion, said Diesel’s job will be passed to...

ROTC collects care packages

ROTC collects care packages

By KeAndre Worthy | October 22, 2013

ROTC is trying to lead the way when it comes to supporting American troops.Huskie Battalion is collecting supplies for care packages as a Thanksgiving surprise to troops in eastern Afghanistan. The public is welcome to donate, and the donation collection...

A female ROTC cadet crouches during a ROTC field exercise.

No ROTC spending during shutdown

By James Green | October 7, 2013

NIU’s Reserve Officers Training Corps has not seen drastic challenges yet, but may face complications as the government shutdown continues.The shutdown entered its second week Monday with negotiations for a resolution ongoing. While students may not...

Huskie Battalion alumnus promoted to general

By KeAndre Worthy | September 3, 2013

A Huskie Battalion alumnus chose the place where his career began to host a milestone for him and NIU.Col. Brian Alvin is being promoted to brigadier general in an on-campus ceremony Saturday.His military career started when he was a student at NIU.“This...

Members of ROTC wait in line to participate in a event at the Combat Water Survival Test.

ROTC teaches basics of underwater combat

By Shelby Page | December 2, 2012

Shayne Hayes felt nervous as he plunged into the pool. The freshman ROTC cadet was about to participate in his first water combat test. He had to complete the 15-meter rifle swim event, where he was required to swim across the pool with his equipment...

Cadet Company Cmdr. Lauren Armendariz-Bast (MSIII) (left) coaches Jules Ruremesha as he operates his weapon while learning from simulation software during field training. Members of the ROTC participated in various training activities throughout the weekend.

War Games: ROTC cadets participate in training sessions

By Alan Kozeluh | October 1, 2012

Huddled in the middle of base camp in complete darkness, Cadet Company Cmdr. Lauren Armendariz-Bast (MSIII) confers with her cadets. “Make sure that everybody knows to stay in buddy teams at all times,” Armendariz-Bast says. “I don’t want anybody...