West Chester University
Lieutenant Colonel Donald J. McDannald
Professor of Military Science
Widener University (Freedom Battalion)
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
Major General David L. Mann, Commanding General of the United States Army Recruiting Command, had the privilege to present the 2011 Cadet Command General William E. Depuy Award to Dr. Weisenstein.
This award was established in 2005 and is given annually to one recipient nominated from over 1149 Host, Partner, and Affiliate programs in Army ROTC. This award was created to honor General William Depuy the first command of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command. General Depuy was an Officer of the highest ideals. His courage, sound judgment and leadership produced military achievements of great value to his country. His military career spanned 36 years and 3 wars, from World War II to Korea and Vietnam. General Depuy, himself, was a product of ROTC; graduating from South Dakota State University and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1941 on the eve of WW II. A mere 4 years later, we had fought across Europe commanding troops all the way to the battalion level before being moved up to serve as the 90th Division G-3 by the end of the war. Truly an officer of tremendous capability, vision, and courage; and one whom such a high level of award should be named.
The Award is presented to an individual who exerted a significant influence on the success of the Army ROTC program throughout the previous calendar year and the contributions of the recipient should be exemplary. As such the following factors are used to determining a nominee's contribution:
Dr. Greg Weisenstein, the 2011 General William Depuy Award winner truly embodies these criteria. To say he made significant contributions to ROTC over this and past years is an understatement. Dr Weisenstein was centrally responsible for bring ROTC back onto the campus of West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He made it his personal mission after 20 years of neglect and active suppression to revive and rebuild the program on the campus. After two short years, the program is indeed active and growing on campus. Additionally, Dr. Weisenstein has supported the program by competing for and achieving election to a member of the Army ROTC subcommittee for Education. Last summer to have a better understanding of what an ROTC cadet learns and achieves, Dr. Weisenstein attended LDAC our summer training and assessment course at Fort Lewis Washington. Upon his return he immediately sought out the Professor of Military Science and the OIC at West Chester ROTC to begin procuring equipment to better prepare the cadets on campus.
In addition to ROTC, Dr. Weisenstein has participated in numerous programs in support of the military community and veteran's affairs in the West Chester area to include 2010 Veteran's Day Celebration in West Chester and he was a key Note speaker for the "Reporting for Duty" a program designed to assist veterans returning to their community. He is also active in supporting the International Military Alumni Committee, serving as a guest speaker for numerous events. Dr. Weisenstein is further one of the original writers that put the "Troops to Teachers" to legislation.