69th annual Demon Battalion Military Ball April 13


NATCHITOCHES – The Honorary Colonel of the Northwestern State University Demon Regiment, Lieutenant General Joseph Cosumano, Jr., U.S. Army Retired, invites the community to attend the 69th Demon Battalion Military Ball Saturday, April 13 on the campus of Northwestern State University.  The black-tie event is co-hosted by NSU’s Department of Military Science and the Northwestern Demon Regiment.  It will be held in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom with Brigadier General Vincent Barker, Deputy Commanding General for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command, serving as the keynote speaker.


A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with formalities beginning at 7 p.m. The ball will open with recognition of cadets who will commission as U.S. Army Second Lieutenants later this year.  Their movement through the “Arch of Steel” is a tradition long-steeped in military history. It symbolizes the unique transition and acknowledges the special honor the nation will soon bestow upon each of them.  Commissioning in 2019 are Cadet Adam F. Barnes, Cadet Dominitra L. Charles, Cadet Logan T. DeOre, Cadet John A. Ham, Cadet Brandon Homan, Cadet Karl J. Marzahl and Cadet Aliona G. Salter.


Lieutenant Colonel Wendell F. Bender, NSU’s Professor of Military Science, holds the honor of serving as the 23rd Colonel of the Demon Regiment. The Senior Military Instructor is Master Sergeant Christopher Upp. Tickets are $40 per person and include a buffet dinner of carved slow-roasted beef and sautéed chicken marsala.  For more information and reservations, please contact Sid Hall at halls@nsula.edu or (318) 357-6951 or LTC (R) Arthur Smalley at ajsmalley@msn.com.  Tickets may also be purchased online at https://69thDemonMilitaryBall.eventbrite.com.  Formal attire is required.