History’s Lessons

Third Battalion Deputy Commandant Lt. Col. Charles Payne talks with cadets at the Beaumont-Hamel battlefield, located in the British sector along the Somme.

A group talks at the Beaumont-Hamel battlefield.
Third Battalion Deputy Commandant Lt. Col. Charles Payne talks with cadets at the Beaumont-Hamel battlefield, located in the British sector along the Somme.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ Global Scholars Program reached a major milestone in 2018 with a second field of study and overseas experience for cadets focused on key battles of World War I.

Both the original section on the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II and the new section include a three-credit hour seminar during the spring semester followed by a week-long trip to the battlegrounds.

Much of the seminar is led by the cadets, who each take a deep dive into a specific topic, share their research and findings, and apply lessons learned to today’s world events. In Europe, they walk in the shadows of those early soldiers, sailors, and airmen. They see the battlefields and the modern culture surrounding them and lead similar discussions on leadership and decision-making.

Donor support is critical to our ability to grow this experience that enables cadets to develop a more informed world view. For many, this also marks their first opportunity to travel outside the United States.

This study abroad program is funded almost entirely by the Corps. Your generosity pays for lodging, flights, and ground transportation for the group.

The next cohort is already chosen for the 2019 program and a new expansion. Twenty-one cadets will travel on three trips: the World War I section, the Normandy section, and a new World War II section exploring the battles that followed D-Day, including Operation Market-Garden, the Battle of Hürtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge.

Your investment in this program will allow us to continue to expand both the number of trips and the number of cadets who are able to learn about leadership in this unique and highly lauded experience.

Please help us expand this opportunity by making a donation at givingto.vt.edu/corps or by calling 540-231-2892.