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- Name: Braden Damitz
- Hometown: Allentown, PA
- School: DeSales University
- 2nd Brigade - Steel Battalion "Forged in Fire! Strong as Steel!"
What makes the Cadet stand out among his/her peers?
Cadet Braden Damitz is an MSIII nursing student and Army ROTC Cadet at DeSales University with a 3.683 GPA, a 288 APFT score, and is a demonstrated leader in his class, battalion, and community. He has been an emergency medical technician for three years and a volunteer firefighter for five.
Joshua Wells, fire chief of the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company, has known Damitz since he was 15 years old. Wells told Gabrielle Falk, reporter for the Brown and White, that Damitz was incredibly disciplined, “He’s very good at the tasks that are assigned to him. He’s very careful and diligent to responsibilities that he’s supposed to be undertaking.”
The newspaper featured Cadet Damitz in a front page story, "Braden Damitz: Keeping the Lehigh Valley Safe" that credited him with helping save lives in a six-car pileup in the valley this past summer. Additionally, during the Steel Battalion's Fall Field Training Exercise (FTX) at West Point, Damitz was first on the scene to help secure a car accident on the 9W, and call for West Point EMS, definitely contributing to a positive outcome for all.
Why did you join Army ROTC? And what are your plans for your Army career?
I joined Army ROTC to pursue a career in military medicine and serve the men and women that selflessly protect our freedoms every day.
Who motivates you as a leader?
My mentor, James Wyatt Davis, U.S. Army LTC (Ret.), has always been and continues to be a wealth of knowledge, support, and motivation to me.
How do you manage ROTC and your other college commitments?
Time management has proven to be the single most important quality in ensuring continued success as a developing scholar, athlete, and leader.
About Army ROTC
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