Long Beach Native Recipient of Top ROTC Award

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Kevin Hamilton at the UCLA Bruin Battalion military ball April 2014 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif.

Kevin Hamilton at the UCLA Bruin Battalion military ball April 2014 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif.

Kevin Hamilton, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet at the University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., received the George C. Marshall Award during an awards ceremony at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The award is named in the honor and legacy of General of the Army George C. Marshall, who served in World War II as the Army Chief of Staff and in the post-war era served as secretary of state and secretary of defense. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities or colleges. Top cadets from each cadet battalion represent the very best of a highly selective organization. This is a national award and the highest award an ROTC cadet can receive.

The cadets participate in focus groups and round table discussions and lectures on the theme of the national security of the U.S. and the Army’s security role in the international arena. Cadets receive formal speeches from the highest echelons of the U.S. Army’s leadership ranks, scholars and experts in the area of national defense.

Hamilton is the son of Brian and Sarah Hamilton of Long Beach, Calif. He is a 2011 graduate of Liberty Christian High School, Huntington Beach, Calif.

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