ROTC Grad Awarded As Nation’s Top Officer

Published: May 1, 2006
Lt. Thomas C. Billig ’05 was awarded the 2005 Raytheon Trophy by the secretary of the Army, recognizing him as the year’s most outstanding ROTC commissioned graduate. Billig previously was named the nation’s best cadet by ROTC central command in 2004.

Billig is the second Spartan Battalion grad to receive the Raytheon Award, given annually since 1964. The first was Lt. Jeffrey Sargent in 1996.

UT is one of three schools to supply the winner more than once. Virginia Military Institute graduates have taken the honor six times, while Texas A&M graduates have won three times.

“Given that UT is not a military-oriented school like VMI and A&M,” noted Lt. Col. Patrick O’Sullivan, Spartan Battalion commander, “having two winners in the past decade is indeed a huge feather in UT’s cap.”

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