Spartan Battalion celebrates at the 109th annual Military Ball
Members and friends of the MSU Army ROTC Program gathered over the weekend for its 109th annual Spartan Battalion Military Ball.
The event, which celebrated the accomplishments of the Spartan Battalion organization over the past year, took place at the Huntington Club in the MSU Spartan Stadium. Those in attendance included student cadets, alumni of the ROTC program, family members and special guests.
One such cadet in attendance - Terra Crown, a social work senior at MSU talked about the influence that the Spartan Battalion has had upon her life.
“Growing up, I always thought that everybody in America had to be in the Army,” Crown said. “Both of my parents were in the Army, and that’s how they got through school.”
Crown’s mother, Helen, talked about how their families history with the Army began when she became involved in her own universities ROTC program. Crown, now a Christian educator, spoke about how the significance of being part of the ROTC program as a college student made her grow as a person.
“I went to Eastern Michigan,” Helen said. “I was totally new to the military, so it was challenging, but at the same time I learned a lot about how to become more confident in my abilities and it stretched me out on what I thought I could do and so it was just extremely helpful in my maturity and growing as a person.”
The idea of serving the country, coupled with her parents’ background in the organization, made Terra Crown realize that she wanted to join, as well. Like many of cadets and alumni in attendance at the military ball, Crown planned to join at MSU.
“It was always my plan from a young age to be in the Army, and go through ROTC, and MSU had the best program out of all the places that I looked at, so that’s why I chose to come here,” Terra said.
Watch the video above for a recap of the 109th Spartan Battalion Military Ball.