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CEE Senior Patrick Lupfer Ranked Number One Army ROTC Cadet Nationwide

October 9, 2012

Congratulations to Patrick Lupfer who was recently ranked number 1 out of 5,579 cadets who were assessed nationwide! Cadets are ranked on the National Order of Merit List (OML) based on GPA, physical fitness test scores, and performance in Fort Lewis, Washington where all ROTC cadets attend the Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Since joining Northeastern University’s Army ROTC program (Liberty Battalion) in 2008, Patrick has participated in Color Guard and Recruiting for ROTC, and was named team captain of the Ranger Challenge team (the “varsity sport” of ROTC), while also remaining an active member of the Northeastern University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (NUASCE). Patrick, who was recognized at the 2012 Veteran's Day Ceremony on campus, is graduating in Fall 2012 and will be commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in January.

Source: News @ Northeastern

North­eastern senior Patrick Lupfer com­manded 45 fellow ROTC cadets over a 10-​​day stretch this summer as a pla­toon sergeant at the U.S. Army Leader Devel­op­ment and Assess­ment Course at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Lupfer said guiding the cadets through training exer­cises at LDAC — a four-​​week summer course designed to eval­uate and train Army ROTC cadets in between their junior and senior years of col­lege — gave him a tremen­dous oppor­tu­nity to demon­strate his lead­er­ship skills.

In his role he com­pleted chal­lenging tasks, learned how to use moti­va­tional tech­niques and devel­oped an under­standing of how to lead a diverse group of cadets from across the country.

“When you’re put in a lead­er­ship posi­tion like that, you have to under­stand where all your cadets are coming from. You have to create a pos­i­tive envi­ron­ment, moti­vate your cadets and lead in a manner to get your mis­sion accom­plished,” Lupfer said. “I think I did that successfully.”

Lupfer’s out­standing per­for­mance at LDAC also earned him a pres­ti­gious honor. He was recently ranked No. 1 out of 5,579 senior ROTC cadets on the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s National Order of Merit List. The list is deter­mined by sev­eral cri­teria, including grade point average; strong ath­letic per­for­mance in the Army Phys­ical Fit­ness Test; and col­lege ath­letic par­tic­i­pa­tion and per­for­mance during col­lege ROTC training and at the Leader Devel­op­ment and Assess­ment Course.

“It’s a great honor, and it’s very hum­bling,” Lupfer said. “I’ve worked very hard in school and ROTC to accom­plish a lot and per­form at a high level. But I also share this with all my peers because ROTC is a group effort, and we’re always training together and learning from each other. I see this as much as a Lib­erty Bat­talion accom­plish­ment as my own.”

At North­eastern, Lupfer runs the ROTC training exer­cises and instructs younger cadets as the cadet bat­talion com­mander of Lib­erty Bat­talion. The bat­talion com­prises more than 100 cadets from sev­eral area col­leges, including North­eastern, Boston Col­lege, Went­worth Insti­tute of Tech­nology and the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Boston.

Four other Lib­erty Bat­talion ROTC cadets fin­ished in the top 500 on the Order of Merit List, placing them in the top 10 per­cent nation­ally: Jared Joyce (37), Darren Berrigan (282), Kevin Wong (390) and Martin Bye (438).

Throughout his ROTC career, Lupfer has con­sis­tently sought out oppor­tu­ni­ties that have chal­lenged him and built upon his training expe­ri­ence. He attended the highly com­pet­i­tive U.S. Army’s Air­borne School in Georgia and Air Assault School in Ken­tucky in the sum­mers fol­lowing his freshman and sopho­more years.

Through these training-​​focused pro­grams, he learned post-​​ROTC tac­tical skills, such as para­chuting into enemy ter­ri­tory and exe­cuting heli­copter missions.

Last weekend, he and sev­eral other Lib­erty Bat­talion cadets par­tic­i­pated in the Ranger Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion in New Jersey, where bat­tal­ions within their regional brigades com­peted against one another in a series of training exer­cises including weapons pro­fi­ciency, land nav­i­ga­tion and lead­er­ship training.

“These types of expe­ri­ences have given me an extra leg up and helped me suc­ceed,” Lupfer said.

His suc­cess as a stu­dent is equally as impres­sive as his suc­cess as a cadet. The civil engi­neering major is a member of Northeastern’s chapter of the Amer­ican Society of Civil Engi­neers and has com­pleted a co-​​op and an intern­ship with Pre­load Inc., a N.Y.-based com­pany that designs and con­structs con­crete water-​​storage tanks.

For his cap­stone project this past spring, Lupfer and his class­mates cre­ated a plan to redesign Quincy Shore Drive in Quincy, Mass. The goal of the plan was to turn the four-​​lane roadway into a two-​​lane roadway in order to accom­mo­date bike lanes, wider side­walks and more green space.

“We wanted to encourage more means of trans­porta­tion,” said Lupfer, whose group worked closely with city offi­cials and pre­sented them with their redesign.

After grad­u­ating in December, Lupfer hopes to join the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers. Ear­lier this summer, he interned at the Corps of Engi­neers in Alaska, where he super­vised job sites and per­formed field inspec­tions of civil-​​engineering work.

“I think this would allow me to uti­lize my degree and present a variety of oppor­tu­ni­ties for me in my career,” he said.