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Pass-in-Review, NMSU annual ROTC ceremony, to be held April 16

This year?s New Mexico State University Air Force and Army ROTC Pass-in-Review will include a flyby from a vintage World War II aircraft, at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Hadley Field on the NMSU Horseshoe.

The purpose of the annual Pass-in-Review was to parade the forces before the commander general to indicate the troop's readiness to go into battle. Now in its 113th year, the tradition is a formal military ceremony that displays the strength and unity of a detachment, as well as promoting teamwork and pride within an organization.

The featured silver AT-6 Texan was built more than 60 years ago and was used to prepare pilots to fly fighters, bombers and other combat aircraft.

?We only do this once a year, so it's a great opportunity for our university and local community to come out and see a traditional military parade right here in Las Cruces,? said Lt. Col. Ira Cline. ?These cadets (future lieutenants) are impressive. They're earning undergraduate degrees from a wide variety of fields including engineering, criminal justice, nursing, business, history, chemistry, while simultaneously honing their leadership skills as they prepare to lead soldiers and airmen the day after they graduate. I'm very proud of them.?

Ben Woods, special assistant to President Garrey Carruthers, will inspect the cadets, and the 1st Armored Division Band from Fort Bliss will perform.

Following the event will be a student awards ceremony in the Gerald Thomas Auditorium, Room 194. The public is welcomed to attend both programs.

For more information contact the Army ROTC at 575-646-4030.