ROTC Awards given in 2019

Following chapter tradition we continue to support five local university ROTC programs with the Special Forces Award for outstanding achievement. These universities are, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, California State University Fullerton and Claremont/McKenna College. Many of these programs are actually composite ROTC classes consisting of cadets from other local schools, such as Biola for CSU Fullerton, California State University Long Beach with USC, and California State University San Bernardino with Claremont. There are many more, but too numerous to list.

This years’ awards included the Special Forces Certificate for Excellence, The Special Forces Medal of Merit, and a Chapter 78 Challenge Coin.




School / Presenters


Recipient Date / Location

USC Presenters:

Len Fein
Hans Fritz Hunt

Ms. Cathy Ioki
USC Army ROTC PED 115 A 3560 Watt Way
Los Angeles 90089-0653
(213) 740-2770

Ms. Agnes Orudzhyan
Administrative Assistant
Military Science USC
3560 Watt Way, PED 110
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0653
(213) 740-9096

Cadet Andrew Crider
(CSU Long Beach)
Date: 04/12/2019 1900 hrs.
Location: The Reef 800 Harbor Scenic Drive
Long Beach 90802

UCLA Presenters:

Kenn Miller

Victoria Sanelli
Dept. of Military Science
1205 Student Activities Center
Box 951609
Los Angeles 90065
(310) 825-7381

Cadet Steven Zuniga
Date: 04/26/2019 1730 Hrs.
Location: Grand Horizon Room Covel Commons
200 De Neve Drive
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles

School / Presenters


Recipient Date / Location

Claremont McKenna College Presenters:

Mike Keele
Steve Bric

SSG Jontrel Evans-Brown Military Science Instructor (ROTC)
Claremont McKenna College Comm: (909) 607-7750
Cell: (760) 885-7733

Cadet Andrew Olivo
(Azusa Pacific University)
Date: 26 April 2019 1800 Hrs.
Location: Pomona College Campus
170 East 6th Street
Claremont 91711

Cadet Montanna Macias-Young
(CSU Riverside)
Date: 26 April 2019 1800 Hrs.
Location: Pomona College Campus
170 East 6th Street
Claremont 91711

School / Presenters


Recipient Date / Location

CSU Fullerton Presenters:

Gary MacNamara

Kristie S. Bolden
California State University Fullerton
Phone: (657) 278-5119
Fax: (657) 278-7001

Cadet Darren Meier
Date: 2 May 2019 0800 Hrs.
Location: Titan Student Theater
University of California
Fullerton Campus

2LT Meier accepting award

Cadet/2LT Darren Meier (center) with presenter Chapter member Gary MacNamara (left). Cadet Meier, now 2LT Meier, was a four year Army ROTC cadet at California State University – Fullerton. He was an exemplary athlete, not scoring less than a 290 on the Army Physical Fitness Test his junior and senior year. He was also a keen scholar, making deans list six semesters straight, and graduating with honors in Criminal Justice. This, coupled with his leadership abilities, contributed to him commissioning as a distinguished military graduate. He is both eager and humbled to serve in the 25th Infantry Division as an Ordnance Officer in the coming months. He is beyond grateful for the recognition given to him from the Special Forces Association, Chapter 78 and one day hopes to bear the very same membership as he navigates his career to completion.

ROTC 2019 Award Certificate

ROTC award from Special Forces Association

Cadet Dennis Bromber accepting the award for Cadet Steven Zuniga, who could not attend, from presenter, Chapter member Ken Miller.

UCLA_ROTC 2019 Award Certificate

Claremont_01_ROTC 2019 Award Certificate

Certificates for Cadets at Claremont Mc Kenna College: Cadet Andrew Olivo and Cadet Montanna Macias-Young. Photographs and biographies of these Cadets where not made available.