The Rotary Club of Fort Collins is proud to recognize CSU Army and Air Force ROTC Cadets for their academic and military excellence and community campus involvement.

 
 
Bob Simmons, newest member of the Cadet of the Month Committee, introduced Captain William Reilly to introduce the Cadet of the Month. Bob said that Captain Reilly is an Assistant Professor of Military Science at CSU Army ROTC and also is responsible for Anti Terriorism, Force Protection and Physical Security within the unit. He is originally from Rhode Island and has a BS in Criminal Justice, an MS in Forensic Science and is working on a PhD in Forensic Psychology. He started in the army as an enlisted member (9yrs.) then the last 7 years as an officer. He was deployed to Afghanistan twice.
 
 
 
Bill Schaffter introduced Major Christiane Makela of the Air Force ROTC Unit to introduce the Cadet of the Month. Bill said that Major Makela was born in Gremany, got her US citizenship in 1993. She is the CSU Air Force ROTC Operations Officer, teaches the sophomore classes and is involved in recruitment.
 
Major Mekela said that this months Cadet of the Month, Cadet Ascheleigh Downup, is a student at UNC and explained the relationship of the ROTC programs at CSU and UNC...
 
 
 
Richard Skaggs introduced Master Sergeant (MSG) Franklin Davila to introduce the Cadet of the Month, Keith Archuleta. MSG Davila said that the reason that he picked Cadet Keith Archuleta for Cadet of the Month was that he leads the Army ROTC Color Guard. This squad is asked to present our countries colors at many events, sometimes several a week, a difficult schedule to carry out...
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis Kaan introduced Captain Jeremy Currin of the Army ROTC “Ram Battalion” to introduce the Cadet of the Month. Captain Currin is an Infantry Officer and in the ROTC unit he is the Operations Officer and the MS2, second year class, Instructor. He served three tours in the middle east. He then introduced Cadet John Michael Buttitta III, a second year cadet, as the Cadet of the Month...
 
 
 
Dennis Kaan introduced Captain Ashley Hazel to introduce the Cadet of the Month from Detachment 90 of the CSU Air Force ROTC unit. Captain Hazel just joined the detachment last October and is the instructor of the AF 100 course for first year students. Her specialty is Space Acquisition, all details of managing satellites. She is also married to an Air Force officer stationed in Cheyenne.

Captain Hazel told us that the Cadet of the Month is a Freshman who is outstanding in the classroom, in military professionalism, in motivating others and in the peer ranking by fellow cadets. She introduced Cadet Tanner Colborg, who is studying Business Management...

 
 
 
Warren Wilson introduced Staff Sergeant Lafrenche Harris of the CSU Army ROTC unit to introduce the Cadet of the Month. SGT Harris is from Florida and served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. She is a Supply Specialist and teaches the first year course, MS1, at CSU. She introduced the Cadet of the Month, Cadet Justin Olson, as a cadet with great leadership, great positive attitude and one who leads from the front.
 
Cadet Olson said that he is from Loveland, is in his first year at CSU and is majoring in History. His main goal is to graduate from CSU.
 

 
 
Dennis Kaan introduced Major Christiane Makela of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 90 program at CSU to introduce the Cadet of the Month. Major Makela is a Civil Engineer by training and just joined the CSU ROTC cadre in July. She is the instructor for the Sophomore AS 200 course.

Major Makela said that the Cadet of the Month is Daniel de LaFe. She picked Daniel because he is one of the most energetic and strong cadets, has a GPA of 3.75 with a major in Sociology, and is one of the Wing Walker Drill Team members...

 
 
 
Dennis Kaan introduced Major Stacy Mollet to introduce the Cadet of the Month. Major Mollet is the Executive Officer of the CSU Ram Battalion and is from the Military Intelligence branch of the Army. Unfortunately, the Cadet of the Month, Kayla Johnson, could not attend the meeting, so Major Mollet told us about Kayla. Kayla is from Denver, is a senior at CSU and majoring in Psychology and hopes to enter the Army in the Medical Service Corps. She is the Personnel Officer for the Ram Battalion and is responsible for handling the administrative actions and records of the 165 cadets, a very important and responsible position and the reason that she was nominated for the Cadet of the Month award.

Major Mollet said that Kayla is very grateful and appreciative for the honor and sends her regrets that she could not attend. We hope that she can attend a later meeting to be formally recognized by our club.

 

 
 
Dennis Kaan introduced Col. Gregory “Bo” Marzolf to introduce the Cadet of the Month for September. He said that it is a pleasure to be here again and appreciates our support. Col. Marzolf said that Cadet Luella Wymer is definitely a future leader. She is a Mechanical Engineering major and a leader in the Wing Walker drill team and has the extremely strong temperament to be a fighter pilot that he described by telling us about one of her unique traits...
 
 
 

Jim Epstein introduced Lt. Col. Shane Celeen, CSU Professor of Military Science for the Army “Ram Battalion”, to introduce the Cadet of the Month. Col. Celeen thanked us for our continuing support for the military and the ROTC program. He said that it means a lot to the cadets. He also informed us that he has been reassigned and this is his last meeting with us.

Col. Celeen then introduced cadet Coldon Schaeffer as the Cadet of the Month. He said that Coldon is a freshman and still a member of the Fort Carson National Guard and will be on scholarship starting next year. Coldon is at the top of the physical fitness rankings and carries a 3.0 GPA in Fish & Wildlife Biology Department. He served a year in Afghanistan...

 
 
 

Dennis Kaan introduced Capt. Andrew Pipes of Detachment 90 Air Force ROTC Unit to introduce the April Cadet of the Month, Cadet Ryer Porter. Captain Pipes is currently assigned as Recruiting Flight Commander. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies teaching AS101 to Colorado State Cadets. Previously he was assigned to the 6th Logistics Squadron, MacDill AFB, FL where he split time as Assistant Installation Deployment Officer. Captain Pipes earned his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 2009...

 
 
 

Past President Bob Seymour introduced Lt. Col. Shane Celeen of the CSU Army ROTC detachment to introduce the Cadet of the Month, Cadet Brandon Thaxton. Col. Celeen said that Brandon was selected because of his outstanding leadership and scholastic accomplishments...

 
 
 
Shelly Godkin introduced Major Tom Medland of the Air Force Detachment 90 ROTC group at CSU to introduce the Cadet of the Month. Shelly gave the background of Major Medland as an officer who enlisted and rose in the ranks to his current position. Major Medland then introduced Cadet James Frey as the Cadet of the Month and that his selection was an easy one. Cadet Frey is a Sophomore Civil Engineering student with a GPA of 3.54. Major Medland said that he has a very positive attitude toward the ROTC program and is an outstanding example to the other cadets...
 
 
 
Richard Skaggs introduced Col. Shane Celeen of the Army ROTC Battalion at CSU to introduce the Cadet of the Month, Joel Wethesen. Col. Celeen said that Cadet Wethesen was picked because of his many accomplishments. Cadet Wethesen is a multi-year scholarship winner, captain of the color guard, member of the drill team and one of two cadets who were honored to bring back the Bronze Boot from the University of Wyoming due to the CSU football team’s win over the Wyoming football team among other accomplishments...
 
 
Jenny Pickett introduced Major Jon Mason of the CSU Air Force ROTC Detachment to introduce the Cadet of the Month. Major Mason is a UNC graduate and has been at CSU for four years and said that he loves to come to Rotary to introduce the Cadet of the Month. He then introduced Cadet Jacob Dahlke ...