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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727

March 15, 2017

College of the Ozarks Cadet attends George C. Marshall Leadership Seminar

Savannah Faught, College of the Ozarks ROTC cadet, with General David G. PerkinsSavannah Faught, College of the Ozarks ROTC cadet, with General David G. Perkins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command attend the George C. Marshall Leadership Seminar.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. —Savannah Faught, College of the Ozarks ROTC cadet and senior graphic arts major was chosen to represent the MSU Bear Battalion at the prestigious George C. Marshall Leadership Seminar on Feb. 12-15, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


The George C. Marshall Leadership Seminar provides cadets the opportunity to learn from senior army leaders.


To meet the selection criteria to attend the seminar, each cadet was nominated as the top senior cadet in their battalion based on their leadership performance and potential.


“During my time in ROTC, I have been placed in many leadership roles, ranging from a team leader as a sophomore to being the company commander last semester,” Faught said. “These opportunities have allowed me to work with a large, diverse group of cadets and develop my leadership skills in preparation for my commissioning into the U.S. Army. To be chosen as the top cadet in our battalion of 70 cadets is an immense honor.”


The speakers at the George C. Marshall Leadership Seminar included the following:


  • General David G. Perkins, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia
  • General Robert B. Abrams, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Col. (R.) Bruce Crandall, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Joe Galloway, American military correspondent
  • Senator Joni Ernst, Iowa senator
  • CSM John W. Troxwell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


About the seminar


The seminar focused on comments from four-star generals who spoke to the attendees about their futures. They encouraged the cadets in their preparation to lead the invaluable men and women of the U.S. Army.


“It was an incredible honor to hear four-star generals and other high ranking officers speak to us about the keys to our future,” Faught said. “This seminar laid out the responsibility of a second lieutenant and the rewards of leading the men and women of the world’s finest military.”


“General David Perkins, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia, brought to our attention that the Army is older than the Constitution we swear to defend,” Faught said. “We have an incredible heritage in our history of the stewardship of our profession. Foreign nations around the world don’t have that, and it sets us apart from the rest of the world.”


The MSU Bear Battalion is comprised of ROTC cadets from College of the Ozarks, Missouri State University, Evangel University, Drury University, Ozark Technical College, and Southwest Baptist University. LTC Scott Morris, professor of military science, is in charge of the Bear Battalion.


For additional information, contact the Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”  


The Keeter Center — the College’s upscale lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.


To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.




03.15.17 – Kyle Duncan



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