Lumberjacks make great leaders
SFA’s ROTC offers classes and field training activities that will help you develop the real-world leadership skills you’ll need to succeed in your career and your life. While some of our graduates choose to pursue military careers after graduation, many of our ROTC and military science students pursue careers in the civilian world, in industries ranging from business and finance to law enforcement and nursing.
Check out what some of our former ROTC and military science students are doing with their skills and training.
Lori Reeves, Class of ‘16
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
After she graduated from SFA in 2016, Lori Reeves graduated from U.S. Army Sapper School and became one of fewer than 100 active army sappers in the U.S. Army. Army sappers are combat engineers whose duties include demolitions, airfield construction, clearing minefields and building bridges. While at SFA, Lori was an active member of the SFA ROTC.
Brigadier General Neil S. Hersey, Class of ‘86
Commandant, U.S. Army Cyber School
Brigadier General Neil S. Hersey serves as the commandant of the Cyber School for the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The school, which opened in 2014, trains soldiers to protect the Army’s networks from cyber threats. He was an active member of ROTC when he attended SFA.
Eugene Mitchell (“Mitch”) Weatherly, Class of ‘70
Executive Vice President of Store Operations, Pier 1 Imports
Nacogdoches native Mitch Weatherly was a member of SFA’s Lumberjack Cadet Battalion and was part of the first-ever ROTC commissioning class of 1970. After he left SFA, he became a helicopter pilot and spent a year flying missions in Vietnam. After the Army, he pursued a career in business and worked for Pier 1 Imports. He held the position of executive vice president of store operations when he retired from Pier 1 Imports in 2007.
In 2016, Mitch was inducted into the U.S. Army Command Cadet Reserve Officer Training Hall of Fame. He is one of just over 300 cadets to receive the prestigious award, which recognizes excellence in leadership.