Part citizen/student, part soldier.
(Pictured) UW-Green Bay alumnae Misti Brosig serves as a model for a striking photo taken last year showing both sides of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students and all students in active military as they both train and work toward completion of their college degree.
As Veteran’s Day approaches, UW-Green Bay honors its active military and veterans with a week’s worth of activity including the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Brosig is now a commissioned officer, Second Lieutenant, serving active duty in the United States Army. The Casper, Wyoming native came to the Green Bay area with an associates degree and eventually decided the time was right to further both her education and take a step toward active service.
“There are a few paths to becoming an officer, and I found it best that ROTC would be able to get me able to commission as soon as I completed my degree and I could begin my career,” she explains. “I wanted to serve for so many years. I am an extremely proud American and I wanted a career where I knew I would love what I do every single day… in an organization that would constantly challenge me to be a better me. Every day is a privilege to put on this uniform. I am continuously learning, given great opportunities, and serve with some of America’s finest.”
Being an officer in training meant balancing an ROTC schedule that included class once a week, a lab once a week and physical fitness classes three mornings a week, with her degree requirements in Business Administration, which she completed in 2018.
From her home base in Fort Stewart, Georgia, she looks back on her UW-Green Bay experience, fondly.
“You learn to be a leader as well as basic soldiering skills. ROTC is a avenue for all officers, whether they wish to be active, guard or reserves. My time in the ROTC program at UW-Green Bay with St. Norbert College, was fantastic. The program sets a high standard and consistently made me a better leader as well as a person. The leadership from the instructors is great. Overall, my favorite part is the camaraderie that I built with my peers.”
UW-Green Bay supports 368 veterans at four campus locations. In total, 514 students, including veterans, their children and spouses, receive veteran benefits at the campuses. Some of the planned Veterans Week activities:
- Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Chancellor’s Veteran Reception at 4 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
- Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018: Veteran Brunch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
- Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018: Veteran Employment Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1965 Room, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
- Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018: Ruck March at 2 p.m., Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 227
- Friday, Nov. 16, 2018: Veteran Benefit Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay’s University Union
- ROTC will be raising and lowering the flag on campus and playing taps at 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day during Veterans Week
Photo by Parker Fuller