Congratulations to the Fort Drum Green to Gold Cadets of Fall 2010! [photos/info]

The last Green to Gold April board was a huge success! This Fall, a record 19 Fort Drum enlisted Soldiers will begin the next step in their careers as Green to Gold Cadets.

This year, 6 Fort Drum Soldiers received the Commanding General’s Hip-Pocket Scholarship, and 4 applicants were picked up for the highly competitve Active Duty Option. 9 Soldiers were approved by their Commanders to separate early under the Non-Scholarship Green to Gold option. 

Over $710,000 in scholarship benefits was awarded to Fort Drum Soldiers in the April  Green to Gold Board. 

Here are some of the highlights from this Summer’s contracting ceremonies: 

Mrs. Shelly Gillespie (right) pins her daughter, SGT Courtney Gillespie, with cadet rank after being sworn in on Friday, 2 September 2010. Cadet Courtney Gillespie was one of five Soldiers selected by CG, Maj. Gen. James Terry for the CG's Hip-Pocket Scholarship. She will attend the University of Cincinnati to study sociology.


SGT Patrick Fall (left) finalizes his Division Hip Pocket Scholarship with the signing of his U.S Army ROTC contract to attend St. John's Fisher as part of R.I.T Army ROTC. Assisting him (at right) is CPT Ryan Hunt, Green to Gold Recruiting Operations Officer for Second (ROTC) Brigade.


2LT Branden Irvine (center right) swears in SPC Sadie Kearney (center left) as a Green to Gold Cadet at Times Square in New York City. Kearney is a non-scholarship Cadet headed to Thomas Aquinas College (of the Fordham Army ROTC Program). Formerly stationed at West Point, Kearney is an SMP Cadet and will serve in the Army reserves while she is at school.


SSG Matthew Duncan (left) getting pinned by CPT Ryan Hunt (right) with his ROTC Cadet "pip" insignia. Duncan is an Active Duty Option Green to Gold Cadet attending SUNY Oswego (part of Syracuse University ROTC) this Fall.

SPC Tony Evans displays the "big check" representing the value of his ROTC scholarship (the equivalent value of $200,000) to Niagara University. Evans is one of six CG's Hip-Pocket Scholarship Award winners on Fort Drum. In addition to this award, he will receive free room and board at Niagara (Purple Eagle Battalion).

SGT Mark Saunders and his family (bottom center) in front of the 10th Mountain Division Monument on the day of his swearing-in as an ROTC Cadet. Saunders is an Active Duty Option Cadet and will be attending SUNY Potsdam (part of the Golden Knight Battalion).

SGT Kyle Tobara (right) being sworn-in as an ROTC Cadet in front of Hayes Hall. Tobara is a CG's Hip-Pocket Scholarship winner and will be attending Hawaii Pacific University this Fall.

Colonel Patrick D. Frank, Commander of 3rd BCT, 10th MTN DIV (second from right) gives remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for five 3 BCT "Spartans" Soldiers accepted to Green to Gold: (from left to right) SGT Peter Dakurah (ADO, SUNY Institute of Technology), SPC Phillip Kwon (Non-Scholarship, SUNY Buffalo), SGT Vidal Garza (Non-Scholarship, SUNY Potsdam), SSG Andrew Hansen (CG's Hip-Pocket Scholarship, University of N. Illinois), and (not visible behind shield) SSG Jae Min Yandow (Non-Scholarship, SUNY Brockport).

Commanding General’s Hip-Pocket Scholarship Awardees:

  • SPC Tony Evans (HHC/1BCT)
  • SGT Patrick Fall (2BCT)
  • SGT Courtney Gillespie (SUS BDE)
  • SSG Andrew Hansen (3 BCT)
  • SGT Kyle Tobara (10 SUS)
  • SPC Austin Wheaton (4BCT)

Active Duty Option Awardees:

  • SSG Matthew Duncan (HHC/10 BSB)
  • SGT Jesse Lomanhayes (NSC/HHBN)
  • SGT Peter Dakurah (A/710 BSB 3BCT)
  • SGT Mark Saunders (210 BSB)

Non-Scholarship Awardees:

  • SSG Ben Boult (MP)
  • SGT Alix Cassagnol (10th CAB)
  • SGT Jonathan Cowan (10th CAB)
  • SGT Vidal Garza (3 BCT)
  • SGT Jared Kiser (514th FMC)
  • SPC Phillip Kwon (3 BSTB)
  • SSG Charles Rapp (Syracuse REC BN)
  • SPC Hector Vazquez (10th CAB)
  • SSG Jae Min Yandow (3 BCT)
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