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NMSU ROTC's Pass-in-Review tradition continues without fly-by due to sequestration

A long-standing tradition will continue without the usual fly-over as 75-plus cadets from New Mexico State University's Army and Air Force ROTC gather for the 111th annual Pass-in-Review. All ceremonial military flying has been halted as part of sequester-related budget cuts. NMSU's Pass-in-Review will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, on the Horseshoe Parade Grounds on the NMSU campus. An awards ceremony for cadets will immediately follow in Room 106 at Hardman Hall.

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The NMSU ROTC color guard participates in the annual ROTC Pass-in-Review ceremony held on the Horseshoe just west of Hadley Hall. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

Pass-in-Review is a time-honored tradition that dates back to Alexander the Great. The intent was to parade the forces before the commander general to indicate the troop's readiness to go into battle. NMSU's ceremony displays the strength and unity of the university's ROTC program and promotes teamwork and pride within the organization.

"The great thing about the Pass-In-Review is while NMSU has changed and the cadets have changed, the legacy and heritage that ties it all together continues," said Lt. Col. Andrew Taylor, professor of military science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

NMSU Interim President Manuel Pacheco, along with Taylor and Lt. Col. Daniel Bennett, professor of aerospace studies, will open the ceremony with the traditional inspection of cadets. Pacheco will deliver the annual address and cadets will parade past local veterans, distinguished guests and NMSU leadership in the viewing stand, signaling the end of another year. The Fort Bliss Army Band will perform for the ceremony.

Following the ceremony on the Horseshoe, at the awards ceremony in Hardman Hall cadets will be honored with local, regional and national awards and privately funded scholarship stipends.

Members of the community are invited to attend these events.

"We would like everyone to come out and see NMSU's Army and Air Force Corps of Cadets during the Pass-in-Review," Taylor said. "We want to encourage our community to be part of this event so they can see for themselves the caliber of military leaders we are producing at this university."

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