NSU Military Ball March 24


NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science and the Northwestern Demon Regiment will host the 68th Demon Battalion Military Ball on March 24 on the campus of Northwestern State University.  The event will be held in the Sylvan Friedman Student Union Ballroom.  This occasion also serves as a reunion for alumni of the Black Knights Drill Team who will be honored during the program.


The ball will open with recognition of cadets who will commission this year.  Their movement through the “Arch of Steel” is a tradition long-steeped in military history. It symbolizes this unique transition and acknowledges the special honor our nation will soon bestow upon each of them.


Captain Jimmy Watson, 2011 alumnus and Commander of C Company, 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk will serve as the guest speaker.  Later, Colonel (Retired) James F. Bowie, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Edward T. Milligan, and Major (Retired) Leonard “Ted” Fowler will be inducted into the Demon Regiment Hall of Fame.  Colonel (Retired) Richard G. Brown will also be inducted posthumously.


The purpose of the military ball is to instill Army traditions while teaching organizational and leadership skills. It allows for essential interaction between cadets and university and community leadership.  This interaction assists in building relationships that are beneficial to Cadets and ROTC recruiting efforts.  Lieutenant Colonel Katherine Carlson, NSU’s Professor of Military Science, holds the honor of serving as the 22nd Colonel of the Demon Regiment. The Senior Military Instructor is Master Sergeant Christopher Upp.


Honorary Colonel of the Demon Regiment, Lieutenant General (Retired) Joseph Cosumano, Jr., invites the community to enjoy the evening with the Battalion and Demon Regiment.  The ball will begin with social hour followed by dinner and dancing. The cost is $40 per person, which includes a buffet dinner.  For additional information or to make reservations, please contact Mrs. Sid Hall at halls@nsula.edu or (318) 357-6951.  You may also contact the Demon Regiment Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Arthur J. Smalley at ajsmalley@msn.com.  Formal attire is required.


NSU ROTC cadets who will commission as second lieutenants this year will be honored with the “Arch of Steel” during NSU’s Military Ball Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes dinner.