Michigan Tech Army ROTC Cadets Share Cultural, Military Experiences in Foreign Lands
Six Army ROTC cadets from Michigan Tech were chosen to participate in a unique internship program overseas this summer.
Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) missions are cultural learning deployments that provided an additional opportunity for Cadets to experience and adapt to another culture and appreciate the strategic impact of their actions.
Nationwide, 1,300 ROTC cadets went to CULP programs in 44 countries. They were chosen based on merit, fitness and grades. Lt. Col. Adam Melnitsky, commander of Michigan Tech’s Army ROTC program, served as a mission commander for the CULP mission in Lithuania. Tech cadets selected for CULP and the countries where they served were:
- Jack Youngblood, a 3rd year student in forestry, Djibouti, Africa.
- Adam Pionke, a 4th year student in mechanical engineering technology, and Ethan Knake, a 2nd year student in electrical and computer engineering, Indonesia.
- Tyler Grifka, a 4th year student in electrical engineering, Madagascar.
- Brandon Van Wert, a 3rd year student in electrical and computer engineering, Panama.
- Bryce Kinder, a 5th year student in mechanical engineering, the Philippines.
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