TAMPA — The 40th anniversary of the Lisa Pauchey JROTC Drill Meet at The University of Tampa on Feb. 8 will feature SOCOM paracommandos, more than 1,000 JROTC students from more than 30 schools around the state and UT’s award-winning Army ROTC Spartan Battalion.
The meet will be held at UT’s Pepin Stadium and adjoining intramural field from 7 a.m. until the awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. The highlight will be the SOCOM paracommandos jumping from 12,500 feet and landing in Pepin Stadium.
The schedule follows:
7–7:45 a.m. — Commander’s Meeting
8–8:30 a.m. — Opening Ceremony
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. — Drill Competition
5–5:30 p.m. — Knockout (a single elimination individual drill competition involving military movements and spinning the drill rifles)
5:30 p.m.— Awards Presentation
The drill meet is named in honor of Lisa S. Pauchey, an outstanding cadet whose life was tragically taken prior to her commissioning and UT graduation in 1982. Thanks to the generosity of the Pauchey family, a memorial-endowed scholarship was established at UT. Annually, an Army ROTC cadet who exemplifies the same outstanding leadership qualities and civic contributions that Pauchey exhibited while at the University is recognized for his or her achievements
UT is consistently named a military friendly school, and UT’s Spartan Battalion, established in 1971, has won virtually every Army ROTC award and recognition.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 7,200 students from 50 states and 130 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.