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NMSU ROTC pass-in-review ceremony to host flyover, featured author

The 150th Fighter Wing military formation of F-16s will fly overhead to open the annual President's Pass-in-Review ceremony at 3 p.m. on April 15 at the New Mexico State University campus Horseshoe. The 4-ship flight lead is NMSU/AFROTC graduate Lt. Col. Chris Thompson. The event will highlight both the Army and Air Force ROTC programs' accomplishments over the past year.


Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and members of the city council will be in attendance, but the featured guest for the week is author and columnist Joe Galloway. Galloway wrote the book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young" upon which the major motion picture "We Were Soldiers" starring Mel Gibson is based.

"To have such an accomplished and distinguished guest as Mr. Galloway is an incredible bonus," said Lt. Col. Andrew Taylor, Army ROTC commander. "Mr. Galloway was present with the 7th Cavalry when they fought in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965, and captured that historic battle in writing with Lt. Gen. (Retired) Hal Moore. Now we get to present to Mr. Galloway and President Barbara Couture the next generation of NMSU military leaders."

During the week, Galloway is scheduled to speak to classes, hold book signings and give a talk before screenings of the movie "We Were Soldiers" at 6 and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Cineport 10.

This marks the first year an appointed female president will preside over the ceremony, and is the 108th year of an active ROTC at NMSU. Members of the community are invited to attend.

"We want to share our rich heritage with all of our military veterans in the Las Cruces area and encourage their continued active participation," said Lt. Col. Steve Groll, Air Force ROTC commander. "Support from the local community has always been strong. The call to duty for these young men and women is strong?come show them how much their efforts are appreciated."

Following the ceremony on the Horseshoe, an awards ceremony will take place in Hardman Hall on campus where scholarships and recognitions for the cadets' work efforts will be announced. This is the first year the CSM Michael W. Jefferson Army ROTC Endowed Scholarship will be awarded. The scholarship was set up after Jefferson lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

For more information on the Pass-in-Review or on the schedule of events with Joe Galloway, contact (575) 646-4030.