UD Student Receives Governor’s Cup ROTC Award

Apr 8, 2016 | S.Ortman

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque Army ROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Paul Beard, of Dubuque, was one of eight students across Iowa selected to receive the Reserve Officer Training Corps Governor’s Cup ROTC Award for outstanding achievement. 

Beard, a senior aviation management major who serves as the ROTC cadet battalion commander, said he was honored and humbled to be selected for the award.

“I can think of many other cadets from the University of Dubuque’s ROTC program with equally outstanding accomplishments,” Beard said, adding. “To me, this award is a testament to the outstanding collective leadership that can be found in the University of Dubuque’s ROTC program.”

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds presented the awards Thursday, April 7, at the Capitol. The annual awards recognize the top students in ROTC programs at Iowa universities.

Retired Army Col. Dan Kammiller, military science faculty and ROTC recruiter at the UD, described Beard as a top cadet with the leadership skills to ensure other cadets are on task.

Beard joined the ROTC to further his career in the Iowa Army National Guard. In May, he will commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Aviation Branch. His first duty assignment as an aviation officer in the Iowa Army National Guard will be in Davenport, Iowa, where he will pilot CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

“Military service is something I have always had a calling to do for as long as I can remember, and it’s still one of the most rewarding experiences in my life,” Beard said.