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

December 05, 2018

College of the Ozarks showcases Military Science All Class Formation, Dec. 5

290 students enter All Class Formation Dec. 5.Approximately 290 students enter in for a Patriotic Education/Military Science All Class Formation on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

Military Science All Class Formation comprised of six sections.All six sections of the Patriotic Education and Fitness Class enter in formation to the Military Science All Class Formation.

Students rehearse marching and staying at attention.The students spent ample time rehearsing the process of marching and staying at attention during formation.

Brigadier General David Boyle being introduced by Captain Dunnam.Freshmen enrolled in the course stand at ease while Captain Dunnam introduces Brigadier General David Boyle.

Students surround Col. Schreffler following All Class Formation exercise.Colonel Schreffler congratulates his students on their discipline and hard work in learning to march and stand in formation.

C of O presents military science sweatshirt to Brigadier General David Boyle.Brigadier General David Boyle accepts a gift of a military science sweatshirt to commemorate his participation in the Military Science All Class Formation.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The Patriotic Education/Military Science All Class Formation of approximately 290 students took place at 8 a.m. on Dec. 5 on the College of the Ozarks campus in the Keeter Gymnasium. This event represented the culmination of the military science course, Patriotic Education and Fitness, at the College.

Brigadier General David Boyle, Joint Staff and Joint Task Force Commander at the Missouri Joint Force Headquarters, addressed the assembled students. All six sections of the Patriotic Education and Fitness Class entered in formation and sounded off at the appointed time.

Brig. Gen. Boyle was born and raised in Ohio where he joined the National Guard as a communications specialist in 1980. He has been commissioned as an Engineer Officer through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and has a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Strategic Studies. He commanded the Missouri National Guard’s 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team and Missouri’s 2nd Agri-business Development Team in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Patriotic Education and Fitness

The 4-credit hour course is part of the general education program. The program, which began in the fall of 2017, is designed to support the College’s patriotic goal: to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it. Since then, the College has required this course of all freshmen.

“Students in the class will learn a wide range of skills that most College students will never have the opportunity to experience,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities. “They will learn map reading, land navigation, rifle marksmanship, rope systems and knots, and rappelling. They also will take an in-depth look at the formation of American government and politics, modern military task organization, military customs and courtesies, and flag protocol and procedures.

The class is structured to meet three requirements for students which in the past they would have completed separately: the academic requirement for the first year of the Missouri Army National Guard Bobcat GOLD curriculum, one physical education requirement, and the freshman Patriotic Education requirement.

For the physical training portion of the class, students run in formation and complete basic callisthenic exercises including push-ups, sit-ups, and other workouts. Students are graded on their participation and their own personal improvement.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. 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 No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


12.05.18 – Andrew Ferkel



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