UW-La Crosse’s Eagle Battalion honored with MacArthur Award

UWL beat 41 battalions for the honor

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — UW-La Crosse’s ROTC is celebrating the Eagle Battalion’s winning the MacArthur Award as the best battalion in 10 Midwest states.

The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadets’ performance and standing on the command’s National Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.

UWL competed against 41 battalions from institutions as big as the University of Wisconsin.

“The fact that we beat out larger programs of 100plus cadets and we have about 50 or so is an astonishment. And it’s an attestment to the cadets that we have in our program,” said Major Sgt. Jonathon Peters.

The Eagle Battalion also includes students from Viterbo University in La Crosse and Winona State University.

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