Christian Seidler, a top ROTC cadet, recognized for leadership and excellence


CHARLESTON, S.C. – Christian Seidler of Temecula is one of more than 100 men and women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, being recognized for their academic and military leadership and excellence, despite a closed campus.

The Air Force Association Cadet Medal was presented Seidler in recognition of his outstanding achievement in leadership and academic standing in the Air Force ROTC.

During their time at The Citadel, the ROTC departments provide military-contract cadets with officer training, to allow them to begin their military careers as officers after graduation. Through the departments, which include Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Marines ROTC and Navy ROTC, The Citadel is one of the nation’s proven producers of top military leaders.

Annually, the departments nominate their finest cadets and active duty students for awards. The award recipients are normally honored as a group in McAlister Field House. Even though the ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19, The Citadel wanted to give the cadets the recognition they deserve.

“While the situation with COVID-19 has affected some of the most meaningful events for the class of 2020, it has not affected what makes these events so meaningful,” Gen. Glenn Walters, retired Marine and president of The Citadel, said. “The way they’ve handled the changes this semester has only highlight just how much credit these cadets deserve.”

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Submitted by The Citadel.