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Cadets of UCM Fighting Mules BN

Cadet Joseph Arndt

Battalion Commander

My name is Cadet Joseph Arndt. I am from a small country town in Missouri called Napoleon which is about 50 miles northwest of Warrensburg. I am a senior here at UCM majoring in criminal justice with a minor in computer science. I started ROTC my first semester of college as a participating cadet in the fall of 2014. That same semester I enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard. Upon completion of basic training the following summer, I started my sophomore year at UCM and contracted into the University of Central Missouri Fighting Mules Battalion as a simultaneous membership program (SMP) cadet. I received a three year guaranteed reserve forces duty (GRFD) scholarship. In my time in ROTC, I have participated in cannon crew, color guard, tunnel crew, push-up crew, and numerous other groups. Throughout the three years I have been involved in ROTC, I have learned a great deal about what it means to be a leader of confidence, presence, and character. I hope to take the skills I have learned here into my career as an officer in the Missouri Army National Guard and into my civilian career.


Cadet DaVontae Hair

I am Cadet DaVontae Hair from Kansas City, Missouri and my major is marketing with a minor in military science. I would like to thank my mom for always supporting me in all my endeavors and raising me to be a hard worker. Also, my faith in God has given me the strength and confidence to always put my best foot forward. My dreams of serving in the military and advancing my education led me to UCM. UCM has a remarkable business program and great teachers. I wanted a university that was not too big or small and UCM was right in the middle. In addition, UCM ROTC welcomed me from the start, from LTC Jason (J.C.) Christenson coming in on a Sunday to interview me and Mr. Wolfmeyer helping me understand what it takes to be a Cadet.


In high school, I was a varsity athlete, I played soccer, ran cross country, and did various events in track and field. I also participated in many clubs and organizations. I held executive office in DECA, FBLA, and Student Council. I also had an internship with the American Cancer Society, where we raised record numbers each year at our Relay for Life fundraiser. All this lead me to being selected, by my school, to attend Missouri Boys State, where the top student leaders in the state come together to form a state government. Because of this, I received a three-year National Scholarship from the Army to attend a college and I chose Red. Here at UCM, I hold many leadership positions while also participating in ROTC activities such as Ranger Challenge, Ranger Buddy, and Color Guard.

Cadet Thomas Young

I am Cadet Thomas Young and grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Ft. Zumwalt South High School in 2007. After I graduated high school I jumped from job to job trying to pay for college and decided in 2011 that the Army National Guard was where I belonged. I went to basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC and then went to AIT to become a 15Y at Ft. Eustis, VA to be an Armament/Avionics/Electrical Systems repairer on the AH-64D Apache Helicopter. I then deployed to RC North in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013 and 2014. When I got back from my deployment I finished my Associate of Arts degree in music at St. Community College. When I finished that degree, I decided UCM was the place for me so I could become a pilot and fly airplanes for the civilian world, and decided too, that it would be the best career move to join the UCM Fighting Mules Battalion. I plan on commissioning into the Missouri National Guard in December 2018 and branching Aviation.



Cadet Lindsay Kloepfer

My name is Cadet Lindsay Kloepfer, and I am a senior at the University of Central Missouri.  I am majoring in Political Science, and minoring in Military Science.  I have been apart of UCM's ROTC Program all four years of my time at school, and received a three-year scholarship my sophomore year.  I have been given many opportunities while in the program including, being able to participate in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition (Bronze), attended and graduated from Airborne school (Summer 2016), went on a CULP mission to Paraguay, and had the opportunity to shadow a 2LT in Hawaii (Summer 2017).  I have also participated in Ranger Challenge which my team place 2nd in female division, Ranger Buddy, and Bataan Death March, and many other events.  I have been able to develop myself into a physically and mentally stronger and more confident leader through the program, as well as being able to help develop my peers along the way.


Cadet Thomas Hitchcock

Cadet Thomas Hitchcock is an MS2 Cadet in the University of Central Missouri Fighting Mules Battalion. Cadet Hitchcock is pursuing a major in Criminal Justice with which he plans on obtaining a job within the Federal Law Enforcement career field upon exiting the United States Army. Within the Fighting Mules Battalion he participates in Ranger Challenge, Cannon Crew, Color Guard, and Ranger Buddy. This summer Cadet Hitchcock participated in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program where he and 40 other ROTC cadets deployed to Lithuania to work with NATO forces involved in Operation Flaming Thunder, taught english to Lithuanian fire fighters, and visited schools and orphanages. Upon completion of his CULP mission Cadet Hitchcock attended Basic Camp where he was ranked within the top 10 cadets of his platoon. Cadet Hitchcock is looking forward to this upcoming school year and the chance to continue his development as a future Army Officer as well as provide younger cadets with his own knowledge and experience culminated over the past year of ROTC. Leadership and Excellence.