NSU recognizes Honorary Captains at Sept. 8 home opener

Northwestern State University recognized three Honorary Captains for the coin toss prior to Saturday’s home football game against Grambling. Guest Captains were, from left, Master Sergeant Christopher Upp, senior military instructor in NSU’s ROTC program; Captain Hannah Marze and Lt. Col. Wendell Bender, professor of military science, with Lt. Col. Arthur Smalley, chief of staff of the NSU Demon Regiment. Upp Is an infantryman with over 17 ears of Army service. Having been deployed 72 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a combat veteran who earned the Silver Star Medal, the nation’s third highest personal decoration for Valor in Combat, and the Purple Heart. Marze is an NSU alumna from Pineville and commissioned through NSU’s ROTC program in 2013. She is the S2 Intelligence Officer for the 3rd Battalion, 353rd Armor Regiment, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk. Bender is a Logistics Officer and combat veteran with over 32 years of service. He most recently served at Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he was the Plans Chief for overseas deployment training. Northwestern State’s Department of Military Science honors members of the armed services during all home football and basketball games.