Annual Promotion Parade Recognizes Senior Leaders
Norwich University's annual promotion parade took place in Shapiro Field House on the Northfield campus on April 6, 2004. Traditionally at this ceremony, the Cadet chain of command is promulgated for the 2004-2005 academic year, and the Class of 2004 is honored with a final pass in review. New this year, the incoming officers for the Norwich Student senate were recognized, along with the incoming residence life staff and orientation leaders.
From the podium, Norwich President Richard W. Schneider commended outgoing Regimental Commander Wilbur Oles for the great job he and his senior staff have done in governing the Corps this year, and likewise the Student Senate for its considerable accomplishments. "Norwich is all about leadership," said Schneider. "This is where you learn your leadership - in the trenches."
Schneider went on to congratulate Zachary Knoebel '05 on his appointment as next year's Regimental Commander. "It was a real privilege for me to pick the new Regimental Commander out of four outstanding nominees," said Schneider.
In a symbolic ritual signifying the formal change of responsibility from one commander to another, the Regimental Colors were passed from the Regimental Command Sergeant Major to the outgoing Regimental Commander to the Deputy Commandant, before being passed to the incoming Regimental Commander.
In keeping with Norwich tradition, President Schneider presented Kneobel the Burch Medal, the Syms Award and the Shuttleworth Saber. The Burch Medal recognizes Walter Thomas Burch '51, and is presented annually to the Cadet promoted to the rank of colonel. The Syms award is a cash award presented in memory of Cadet Eugene Syms '35, who was killed in a plane crash in 1945. The Shuttleworth Saber is presented in memory of Colonel Edward A. Shuttleworth, Class of 1891 and member of the Board of Trustees.
Knoebel, who is majoring in Business Mangement and Computer Information Systems, is a member of Army ROTC, and the son of Colonel W. Scott '76 and Wendy Knoebel of Northfield, Vermont. The elder Knoebel, a professor of military science for the Army ROTC department, is a former NUCC Regimental Commander.
At the parade it was announced that due to increased retention and recruitment, a new company, "Kilo", would be added next year to accommodate the increased participation in the Corps of Cadets. In addition, it was announced that the Cavalry and Norwich Independent Battery would evolve from club activities to troop/battery organizations within the Corps structure. Finally, key leaders in the Mountain Cold Weather/Norwich Rescue Team received special recognition.
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