Cadets following in their fathers' footsteps

President Schneider congratulates Cadet Colonel KnobelCall it a case of history repeating itself, or leadership begetting leadership: both the Regimental Commander and the Deputy Regimental Commander for the class of 2005 Corps of Cadets are following in the footsteps of their fathers, who served in the same positions while attending Norwich University.

On April 6th, Norwich University promoted Zachary Knoebel ('05) to the rank of Regimental Commander. In this capacity Knoebel, along with a staff of senior students, will be charged with governing the school's approximately 1,100 member Corps of Cadets during the 2004-2005 academic year.

Knoebel is a Business Management and Computer Information Systems major, a member of Army ROTC, and the son of Colonel W. Scott and Wendy Knoebel of Northfield. Colonel Scott Knoebel, a Professor of Military Science for the Army ROTC department at Norwich, is a 1976 graduate of the University and a former NUCC Regimental Commander.

Deputy Regimental Commander Brent WhiteBrent White ('05) was named to the position of Deputy Regimental Commander during Norwich's April promotion ceremony. White is a Civil Engineering Major and the son of Marshal and Laura White of Pittsfield, MA. Marshal White led a distinguished military career before retiring to enter the field of civil and environmental engineering. He is a 1979 graduate of Norwich and a former NUCC Deputy Regimental Commander.

"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time in the history of Norwich University that two sons of former Regimental and Deputy Regimental Commanders have served in the same positions at the same time," said Vice President of Student Affairs and Commandant of Cadets Michael Kelley. "It is especially significant in a school so steeped in tradition. I'm sure that Zachery Knoebel and Brent White will do a fine job and make their parents proud."

by Mark Albury
May 2004

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