The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is bringing back Corps of Cadets graduates to speak to the regiment. This is the 24th consecutive Gunfighter Panel.

The fall 2015 Gunfighter Panel will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Burruss Hall auditorium located at 800 Drillfield Drive. All are welcome to attend and no tickets are required.

Each semester alumni are welcomed back to campus to sit on the Gunfighter Panel, which is part of the Leaders in Action lecture series hosted each term by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Maj. Gen. W. Thomas Rice Center for Leader Development. The panelists will share their experiences, their lessons learned and leadership challenges, while also sharing how the corps experience prepared them for life after college.

This semester, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will welcome back the following alumni:

  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Lt. Col. Jasper Jeffers, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1996. Jeffers is an Army infantry officer who was a member of the Highty-Tighties and served as the Band Company Commander his senior year.
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumna Maria Robison, who earned a degree in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2002. She is an Emmy Award winning television producer specializing in broadcast marketing. Robison was also a member of the Highty-Tighties as a bugler.
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. Joshua Waddell, U.S. Marine Corps, who earned a degree in international studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2008. Waddell is currently serving at Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Virginia. As a cadet he was a member of Alpha Company and served as the First Battalion Commander his senior year.

The Gunfighter Panel series started in 2004, shortly after the United States entered combat in Iraq. With the war came the increased potential for our cadets to be in combat shortly after graduation, and this series evolved to help prepare them for their future in an uncertain world. Each semester's panel allows the corps to teach future leaders and to honor those who are already serving the nation and our world.

This event is the first of many that will occur as part of Corps Homecoming.

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