Army ROTC welcomes new detachment officer

Major Stephen Ray was assigned to lead the Radford Army ROTC detachment in June.

The Radford detachment of the U.S. Army ROTC welcomed Maj. Stephen Ray as its new detachment officer in charge in June.

Prior to leading the ROTC program at Radford University, Ray spent two years as an assistant professor of military science at Virginia Tech.

“We have some outstanding cadets and I’m looking forward to getting to know each and every one of them,” said Ray. “That’s an exciting time for everybody. I’ve been looking at grades, physical fitness scores and our cadets are very, very competitive. We’re continuing the leadership labs on Tuesdays, where they go out and do physical activities and Army training to become better officers. We are adding more days of physical fitness training to help cadets meet their fitness goals and become more competitive for scholarships and additional training opportunities, including: summer studies abroad, air assault school, airborne school and Army summer internships.”

Ray will be the officer in charge when the Radford Army ROTC detachment returns to the main part of campus – to Russell Hall – this fall.

“I'm looking forward to the move back on campus,” Ray said. “That’s going to be exciting for us. It’s going to give us greater visibility and help us be a bigger part of the Radford University community.” 

Aug 9, 2016
Max Esterhuizen
(540) 831-7749