Meet the Regimental Commander
by Justin Kokernak ’08 and Meghan Cody ’07, student interns in the Public Affairs Office
Cadet Colonel Benjamin Brewster, from La Plata, Md., is the NUCC Regimental Commander for the 05-06 academic year. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1984, Brewster is the oldest of four siblings, and the son of Katie and Jim Brewster, the latter a retired Lieutenant Commander of the USCG Reserves.
From the first grade through his senior year of high school, Brewster was home schooled, mostly under the instruction of his mother.
Religion plays an important role in Cadet Brewster’s life; he grew up very involved in the church. Brewster also played baseball, rode BMX bikes, and participated in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
As Regimental Commander, Brewster has a strong vision for the Corps – that every cadet should strive to live by the Cardinal virtues of courage, honesty, temperance, and wisdom.
"As a Corps, we must have a vision, for without vision, we will not have a direction to travel, an adventure to live, and battles to fight along the way,” Brewster said.
As for fulfilling his vision, Brewster has three main focuses: keeping the civilian and Corps Honor Committees separate, that cadets hold themselves and each other accountable for what they do or fail to do, and that cadets live by the cardinal virtues. Already, in the first few weeks of his command, Brewster was surprised to see, “...How commander and cadre have carried out my intent so effectively, because they know that they are going to be held accountable.”
What, specifically, would the Cadet Colonel like to accomplish as Regimental Commander?
“That every cadet be able to answer three questions: Why did I come here? What has made me stay? And am I proud to be called a cadet?”
As for his legacy, Brewster aspires to, “Leave the Corps a place in which people are proud to be called cadets, live with honor, and conduct ourselves as cadets of character ... that we choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.”