Who We Are, What We’re Doing, and Why We’re Here
Over the next 31 days, seven Cadets from seven different universities will partake on a deployment unlike anything we have ever experienced before. As a brief introduction, we just wanted to let you all know who we are, and give a little background so that you can form a little foundation as you continue to live vicariously through us over the next month. We are all extremely anxious, and excited, to leave the United States for Burundi, Africa.
Hi, my name is Cadet Jeremy Batte and I grew up in Forest, Mississippi. In the upcoming semester I will be a junior at Mississippi State University. I am studying Mechanical Engineering and I am thrilled at the opportunity to travel overseas. I am looking most forward to obtaining the opportunity to help people, get exposed to a new culture, and just to get a chance to visit Africa.
Hey, my name is Cadet Benjamin Rice and I am majoring in Mining Engineering. I attend school at the University of Missouri Science and Technology. I look forward to attending CULP due to the fact that I would like to achieve a better understanding of working with members of a foreign culture.
My name is Cadet Timothy McMoore-Tuamoheloa and I am a Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The biggest reason I had for doing CULP is that I wanted to immerse myself in another country’s culture in order to aid me in becoming a more efficient leader by learning how to communicate with people other than United States citizens.
Hi, my name is Cadet Peter Salat. I am going into my junior year studying communications at Niagara University in Niagara, NY. I am from Rhineback, NY and I wanted to go on this trip to Burundi in order to experience living with a completely different culture and also I was eager to jump at the chance to exchange the different ideas of how to live life in a different culture.
I am Gary Graf studying Criminal Justice at Northern Michigan University. I wanted to experience CULP for myself in order to get the chance to help a military from a different country while at the same time learning about their culture from a first hand side of things.
Hey, my name is Cadet Jacob Poag and I will be a MS3 next year at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. I am majoring in Building Science and I wanted to do CULP to use my military service to help the world. And also to experience what the military in Burundi is like concerning their unique culture.
My name is Cadet Ryan Rogers, and I am an upcoming Junior at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. I am studying Spanish/Criminal Justice/Sociology. I have always loved traveling and so when I heard about CULP I was immediately on board. I love that the U.S. military is using their Cadets as liaisons for other countries. I cannot wait to be an ambassador for the United States during our time in Burundi.
We are all extremely ready to leave Fort Knox and begin our trek to Africa. Over the next week we will be traveling thousands of miles to embark on an incredible journey. We look forward to sharing our adventures with you all! GB