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Skyhawk Battalion cadets receive German Armed Forces Proficiency Badges

11-22-2017


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Three cadets from the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawk Battalion earned the gold-level German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge during competition held in late October at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

Cadets William Thralls, of Union City; Glenndon Adams, of Clarksville; and Robert Mehlhorn, of Martin, earned the gold-level badges.

The proficiency badge is a decoration of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is a foreign award approved for wear on the United States Army uniform. 

ROTC cadets and U.S. Army soldiers must meet criteria in the following categories to qualify for the badge: an evaluation report, first aid course, nuclear, biological and chemical test, basic fitness test that includes three events, marksmanship skills, foot march and a 100-meter swim.

An ROTC unit was first established at UT Martin in 1952, followed by the start of a four-year ROTC program in 1964. The military science program, of which ROTC is a part, includes cadets from Lane College and Union University in Jackson and Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

For more information on the military science program or the Skyhawk ROTC Battalion, contact the Department of Military Science and Leadership at 731-881-7682 or by email at armyrotc@utm.edu.

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PHOTO ID: UT Martin Skyhawk ROTC Battalion cadets (l-r) William Thralls, of Union City; Glenndon Adams, of Clarksville; and Robert Mehlhorn, of Martin, earned gold-level German Armed Forced Proficiency Badges during competition held in late October at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.


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