Army ROTC Cadet Alexander R. Nickles ’09 will join with senior U.S. military leaders in Lexington, Va., in mid-April to take part in a National Security Seminar. Topics to be discussed include Homeland Security, the ongoing threat of global terrorism, and recent world events in the Middle East, Far East, Africa and Israel.
Nickles, an astrophysics major at Lehigh, earned the opportunity to participate in the George C. Marshall ROTC Seminar by being selected as the top Army ROTC
cadet at Lehigh University. The Marshall Award is given annually to the top cadet from each of the Army ROTC units around the country.
“Cadet Nickles has excelled as a cadet here at Lehigh,” says Lt. Col. Charles McClung, professor of military science at Lehigh. “During his time here, he has participated and competed in the Brigade Ranger Challenge competition, and brought home three division championships and two overall championships. He has also been very active with the color guard and Scabbard and Blade organizations.”
McClung said that Nickles currently serves as the cadet battalion commander at Lehigh and is extremely active on campus and in the community.
While he attends the upcoming conference in Virginia, Nickles will interact with key leaders -- including Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren – to discuss a variety of issues related to national security.
"I'm very fortunate to be selected among all of the seniors in the Army ROTC program to attend the conference and take part in the lectures and discussions,” says Nickles. “I'm sure it will give me insights for when I become an officer next month and throughout my career.”
Nickles is scheduled to be commissioned on Sunday, May 17, 2009 in Packer Memorial Chapel and will take up duties as infantry lieutenant at Fort Hood, Texas. He is a 2005 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School.
The Marshall ROTC Seminar, now in its 32nd year of existence, is named in honor of George C. Marshall, who served as Army Chief of Staff during World War II. Marshall also served as Secretary of State and later as Secretary of Defense during the Truman administration. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his vigorous efforts to help the economies of Europe recover from the ravages of World War II.