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SFA Battalions celebrate 48th reunion

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Stephen F. Austin ROTC alumni are marching down memory lane.

They turned the pages back to their pasts during a reunion marking the program's 48th anniversary. A huge history filled scrapbook was on display during the ceremony.

"It was neat to watch all the folks reminisce between classes," said David Miller, Professor of Military Science.

Cadets came to the pineywoods from all over to celebrate what began in 1968 and to witness the changes and improvements the ROTC cadets have made today.

"We had a cadet come from Huntsville, Alabama,"said Miller.

Jack Newman was one of the oldest Lumberjack Battalion members to join the reunion.

He was a part of SFA's ROTC in 1970 before there was a loop or a University Drive. He says a lot has changed since he was there.

He says he was most proud to see the new faces of Battalions.

"To see these young people and see how dedicated and devoted they are to the military and to making it a good career is very refreshing and enjoyable to me," said Newman.

Retired U.S. Army generals and cadets who worked in the Pentagon were also at the event.

They were there to pass the torch of leadership, guidance,and dedication to those sworn in today.

The band even dedicated their half-time performance to them. They played a medley of service songs.

The alumni helped to swear in the new cadets.

"It was for the heritage of the school, for ROTC as a whole, and to just reinvigorate and show the support for the veterans who have gone before us because we sit on the shoulders of those who have served before us," said Miller.

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