AURORA – Marmion Academy’s JROTC program had its annual Military Night on Feb. 10. The evening included an awards ceremony, performances by the Flannigan Rifles Drill Team and remarks by Capt. Thomas Fox, Aviation, U.S. Army, Marmion class of 2003.
Fox spoke to the Cadet Corps and guests of Marmion’s commitment to the community and to the nation, according to a news release.
Fox was commissioned in May 2007 as a second lieutenant in the Aviation branch of the U.S. Army and entered active duty service in November 2007. He completed the Aviation Basic Officer Leaders Course and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior flight training in February 2010.
Fox then served as a platoon leader in the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky. He deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom XI-XII with 7-17 CAV, serving as a platoon leader and assistant operations officer in Kandahar, Afghanistan for a year ending in February 2012.
The following cadets were recognized with individual awards: Samuel Eallonardo of Yorkvillle, DAR ROTC Medal; John Peters of Sugar Grove, DAC ROTC Medal; Robert Ramoska of Park Ridge, SAR ROTC Medal; Stuart Kofron of Batavia, SAR Citizenship Medal; Marc Derrico of Batavia, Military Officers Association of America ROTC Medal; Jackson Rettig of Sugar Grove, Nicholas Novack of Aurora, and Thomas Gautheir of Sandwich, Col. Joe Day Memorial Award; William Morrissey of North Aurora, Bradley McCormick of Sugar Grove, and Alex Trotsky of Yorkville, Col. Joe Day Remembrance Award; Brett Koskinen of North Aurora, Bugles Across America Hall of Fame Medal; Thomas Schafer of Batavia and Jacob Nardone of Aurora, Bugles Across America Award; Dave Carrano of Maple Park, Matthew Kowalkowski of Batavia, Albert Rechenmacher of Batavia, and William Zidek of Aurora, Best Plebe; Maxwell Meyer of Geneva, Senior Rev. Martin Witting Award; Lewis Trotsky of Yorkville, Junior Rev. Martin Witting Award; Christian Harris of Batavia, Sophomore Rev. Martin Witting Award; and Matthew Fletcher of Aurora, Freshman Rev. Martin Witting Award.
For more information about Marmion Academy’s JROTC program, visit marmion.org.