By Pvt. Jamal WalkerFebruary 2, 2010
RED CLOUD GARRISON - Education Centers in Red Cloud and Casey garrisons now have and additional outlet for Soldiers who are willing to better themselves with the addition of Warrior University, a new program affiliated with the Real Warrior Campaign plan steered by Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, 2nd Infantry Division commander.
Warrior University supports Soldiers stationed in the garrison a chance to go to school during the duty day from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The intentions for Warrior University are to increase educational and professional opportunities for Soldiers in the Army while stationed in Korea.
"I just wanted to make use of my time while in Korea," said Pfc. Michael Cox, 552 Signal. "When I heard about Warrior University my initial thought was to sign up."
The chain of command was informed if Soldiers wanted to attend college; they must not punish, penalize, or give additional duties to Soldiers participating in Warrior University. Furthermore, Soldiers enrolled in Warrior University were told when enrolled in a class, their place of duty is the classroom. Only a lieutenant colonel or above, can excuse Soldiers from the classroom.
"I have wanted to take core classes since I got here," said Spc. Michelle Dennis, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2ID. "This is the best opportunity because the chain of command is allotting the time to go to class, and the benefits are tremendous for all Soldiers."
More than 100 percent enrollment in Army Education programs occured when Soldiers in Warrior Country took advantage of the Degree at Three program instituted by Tucker lat year.
Soldiers choosing to further their education or begin a college degree can find the time easier now that it is a primary objective to improve garrison life for those stationed in the Republic of Korea.