NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University welcomed U.S. Army Gen. Paul E. Funk II on Oct. 19, when he presented Norwich University Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Pioneer Battalion with the Department of Defense ROTC and Educational Institution Partnership Excellence Award for “exceptional performance” in the academic year 2019-20.

In a letter to Norwich University President Mark Anarumo announcing the award, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III cited outstanding performance in recruiting, as Norwich surpassed its goal of 90 and commissioned 106 2nd lieutenants into the U.S. Army in 2020: “26 guardsmen and women, nine U.S. Army Reservists, and 71 active-duty lieutenants.

Among those were 20 distinguished military graduates with seven in the top 10% nationally. The battalion dependably boasts a 75% freshman retention rate, commissions 68% of its sophomores, and maintains an average Order of Merit Score of 53,” according to the letter.

The award recognizes Norwich’s support of Army ROTC with its $15,000 scholarship to cadets that receive an ROTC scholarship to cover room and board.

The award letter also cites the battalion’s strong partnership with the local community and its work with local Boy Scouts along with Norwich Artillery Battery support of the American Legion’s Veterans Day Memorial.

During his campus visit, Funk met with university leadership, key student life departments and presented to students on the future of the military. He presented the award to Norwich AROTC Pioneer Battalion at 2 p.m. at Shapiro Field House.

Funk is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, responsible for 32 Army schools organized under 10 Centers of Excellence, each focused on a separate area of expertise within the Army. These centers train more than 750,000 soldiers and service members annually.

Funk was commissioned as an armor officer through ROTC upon graduation from Montana State University in 1984, and has commanded at every level. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from Montana State University, and a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Armor Basic Officer Leaders and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and completed his Senior Service College as a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Technology, University of Texas, Austin.

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About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge and is the nation’s oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's six Senior Military Colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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