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Sources: Chad Maulsby, 785-307-1491, maulsby@k-state.edu;
and Lt. Col. Scott Bridegam, 785-532-5175, bridegam@k-state.edu
Photo available. Contact media@k-state.edu or 785-532-6415.
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415, kmayes@k-state.edu

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

K-STATE'S CHAD MAULSBY NAMED ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP ARMY ROTC CADETS

MANHATTAN -- Chad Maulsby, a Kansas State University senior in social sciences, Clay Center, is receiving the George C. Marshall Leadership Award, which is presented to only the top Army ROTC cadets in the nation.

Out of the nearly 4,800 cadets in the U.S., Maulsby is ranked 48th.

"Cadet Chad Maulsby has been an integral member of the Wildcat Battalion," said Lt. Col. Scott Bridegam, head of K-State's department of military science and Army ROTC program. "This award recognizes his leadership acumen, service and unwavering commitment to K-State's Army ROTC."

The award is named for Army Gen. George C. Marshall, who served as chief of staff of the Army and secretary of both state and defense. He was the author of the restorative Marshall Plan and was the only career soldier to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Maulsby will receive the award at the 2010 George C. Marshall Leadership Conference, April 13-16, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va.

In addition to a full roster of classes, Maulsby is the cadet battalion command sergeant major of the Wildcat Battalion. He is a former active-duty soldier and noncommissioned officer with the Army's First Infantry Division, serving two combat tours in Iraq. Maulsby joined the Army shortly after 9/11.

As a command sergeant major, Maulsby is responsible for training, developing and mentoring first-, second- and third-year ROTC cadets as well as advising the cadet battalion commander on all cadet issues.

"This award is an honor for me personally and I am proud to represent the Wildcat Battalion and K-State," Maulsby said. "I credit the soldiers and noncommissioned officers I previously served with, and my current cadre and peers for my success."

Following graduation from K-State in May, Maulsby will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the aviation branch and attend helicopter flight training and aviation officer training at Fort Rucker, Ala.