Patrol bases and KLE

This week was a large training step for the Seneca Battalion.  We got our movement formations tuned up and experienced what it is like to do a Key Leader Engagement.  The lab this week also included setting up a patrol base before moving out on the mission, which went better than ever before!  Our training is paying off and we should be good to go for JLTX  in no time!

Lab Week 11

Members of Alpha 1-1 prepare to get into their ambush positions.

For the last week of lab for the Fall Semester, Seneca BN ROTC went out with a bang.

Seneca BN conducted a platoon ambush in the vicinity of Bob’s woods on Thursday, utilizing every cadet present to form a full size platoon.  The lessons from every lab were used in this final exercise, designed to test all cadets’ skills working in a tactical scenario.

MS III cadets were put into leadership for the lab, making them revert to a training mentality instead of a teaching one.

CDT Tampe briefs his plan to platoon leadership.

CDT Jeff Tampe was assigned as Platoon Leader and was given a half hour to come up with a plan.  After that he quickly assembled his platoon and headed in the direction of the ambush site.

The platoon’s objective was to first reach Checkpoint One, which was to be the unit’s exfil point once the mission was complete.  Once they’d reached the checkpoint the platoon moved in direction to flank the ambush site, eventually setting up an L-shaped ambush.

Once the ambush was complete, Tampe moved his forces back to Checkpoint One without sustaining any casualties and completed the exercise.

The point of this lab was a final test to see if the cadets had absorbed everything they had been taught over the course of the semester.

After long weeks of planning, training, and mentoring, Seneca Battalion can happily say, “Mission Complete.”

Seneca Battalion hosts Bolivar-Richburg 6th Grade Field Trip

CDT Furgal gives a basic block of instruction on how to use a compass and navigate with a map.
CDT Furgal gives a basic block of instruction to a portion of the 6th grade visitors on how to use a compass and navigate with a map.

Cadets from Seneca Battalion hosted middle school students from the Bolivar-Richburg school district on the Field Leader’s Reaction Course (FLRC) and in a land navigation exercise.

Cadets took shifts instructing the 6th graders, putting them through blocks of instruction designed to increase their communication skills and provoke interest in outdoor activities.  The event lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For the FLRC portion, the kids were run through three obstacles, the Wall, the Minefield, and the Broken Bridge.  For the land navigation portion, the 6th graders received basic instruction before being guided to two land navigation points in the forest surrounding St. Bonaventure University by MS III cadets.

The two groups of children learned valuable skills but more importantly got a chance to get out of school and experience the outdoors.  It was also a chance to see some of what Army ROTC had to offer.

Seneca BN participates in Veteran’s Day activities


Veteran's Day
Nov. 11, 2015: St. Bonaventure, NY: Veterans Day memorial service outside the Reilly Center at 12:00 p.m. (c) 2015 Mackenzie Watson


As is tradition, cadets from Seneca Battalion ROTC participated in Veteran’s Day activities in various locations across the Twin Tiers, doing everything from performing color guard ceremonies to playing Nintendo Wii Bowling with nuns.  On 13 November


Dining In 2015 in Pictures

CDT Bradley Crow cuts the cake after dinner is completed.
Seneca Battalion Cadre pose for a picture.
The Seneca Battalion MS II class poses for a picture.
The Seneca Battalion MS IV class poses for a picture.
The head table chuckles after one of Mr. Vice’s jokes.
CDT Feurch adds protein powder to the Grog.
CDT Russel explains why he is about to add salt to the Grog.
Horrified onlookers watch the MS IV’s add various disgusting ingredients to the Grog.
CDT Stienbroner recites the Soldier’s Creed during the opening ceremony.
The Colorguard posts the colors during the opening ceremony.
Cadets enjoy social hour before the event begins.
The MIA/POW table, present at every Army formal event.

Dining In 2015

Seneca Battalion Cadre all drink from the Grog during Dining In 2015.

Every year towards the end of the fall semester, Seneca Battalion holds a formal dinner on a Friday night geared towards celebrating Army Tradition and enjoying the camaraderie between soldiers. Known as Dining In, this tradition dates back to the first days of the Army. Members attending the mess must abide by a certain set of rules, overseen by Mr. Vice, an MSIV. Cadre members as well as cadets in Battalion leadership sit at the head table and each class sits together.

The Grog, after every MS IV had added their signature ingredient

Once the mess was declared open, the punch bowl ceremony was conducted by MS I cadets. A different cadet added each ingredient to the punch, giving a short speech as to the significance of that ingredient. Every person in the mess got to taste the punch before the MS IV’s added their contributions – anything edible, with a reasonable explanation, was allowed to be mixed into the punch to create a concoction so foul that the serving staff would not venture near it. This sludge is known as the Grog, and it is possibly the foulest liquid that one will drink in the Army.

The Grog, after every MS IV had added their signature ingredient

The rules of the mess are printed and placed on every table in the mess; once the mess is declared open, the rules are all-encompassing. Mr. Vice is solely responsible for ensuring all order and discipline are maintained. If these rules are broken, Mr Vice will decide the punishment – which is drinking a canteen cup full of the Grog.

After the Grog is made, dinner is served, during which all proper decorum must also be maintained. After Dinner and deserts, the skits are presented.

CDT Barnhart prepares to present the MSIV skit

Seneca Battalion has put its own spin on the tradition and has every MS class make a skit to present to the rest of the mess. In recent years these skits have turned into videos for which the rules are simple; members of the Battalion may only make fun of those higher than themselves. For example, MS I cadets can make fun of MS II, MS III, MS IV cadets and cadre. These skits are a source of hilarity and very important boost in morale that are often talked about for the rest of the semester.

The night lasted roughly four hours and was closed as it had begun. Many cadets left laughing at the skits they had witnessed, enjoying their fellow cadets’ interpretations of themselves.

With the final major event of the semester now complete, cadets will focus on their studies, preparing for final exams and the holidays.

A full set of pictures from Dining In 2015 can be found on this blog.