Tarleton State Corps of Cadets to Host Change of Command Ceremony

Amber Trammell-Coburn assumes the title of commander of Tarleton State University’s Corps of Cadets at a change of command ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday at the O.A. Grant Amphitheater on the Stephenville campus.

STEPHENVILLE — Amber Trammell-Coburn has been tabbed the new student commander for the Tarleton State University Corps of Cadets. She follows outgoing Commander Zemoni Hopkins in the organization’s second consecutive female-to-female change of command.

Trammell-Coburn, from Fort Worth, will take the reins in a change of leadership ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday at the O.A. Grant Amphitheater on the Stephenville campus.

She is a junior biomedical science (pre-veterinarian) major pursuing minors in chemistry and leadership studies. Upon graduation from Tarleton State, she plans to apply to the Texas A&M Veterinary School prior to direct commissioning into the U.S. Army as a veterinarian. Ultimately, she hopes to serve on a state or national veterinary regulatory board.

“I am very honored to be entrusted as the next Corps Commander,” she said. “The Corps of Cadets, as (Tarleton State President) Dr. (James) Hurley says, is the ‘Pride of Tarleton.’ It is my mission for the upcoming year to uphold that standard of pride, going above and beyond to build students into leaders that will serve diligently across our nation, both in the military and civilian sectors.”

In all, four cadets were identified to fill senior leadership positions within the Corps of Cadets. Besides Trammell-Coburn, Leonard Scott from Stafford will become deputy corps commander, Jake Broadway from Joshua will be installed as operations officer and Carter McKay from Granbury will join the leadership team as command sergeant major.

Cadets complete a thorough selection process that consists of an application and an interview with a panel of peers and staff. All applicants are evaluated on academic performance, performance in the Corps, success in previous leadership positions, peer and staff evaluations, and their leadership vision for the future.

“The change of command ceremony is another defining moment for the Tarleton Corps of Cadets,” said Col. Douglas L. Simon, Commandant of Cadets and Dean of the Leadership and Military College. “The Corps is grateful for the tremendous leadership of Cadet Zemoni Hopkins as the outgoing Corps commander, but we are equally grateful that Cadet Amber Trammel-Coburn as the incoming Corps Commander is ready to assume command.” 

Established in 1917 when John Tarleton College became part of The Texas A&M System, the Texan Corps of Cadets went inactive in 1954 when male students were no longer required to be in the corps. In 1972, restrictions limiting full participation of women in ROTC were lifted, and the corps was reinstituted in 2016 as coed. “Great leaders make great organizations,” said Col Simon. “We have been fortunate to have been blessed with fantastic leaders like Cadet Hopkins and Cadet Trammell-Coburn.” 

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