CDT Battalion Adria Penatzer
CDT Adria Penatzer is the acting Cadet Battalion Commander at the University of Virginia. In this role, CDT Penatzer provides vision, long-term planning and guidance, and direction for the Cavalier Battalion. She is a double major in Politics Honors and Chinese, and is heavily involved in Army ROTC as well as various organizations across Grounds. This year, CDT Penatzer is a Lawn resident, member of the UVa Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team, active member of the Cadet Association, rifle captain of the Virginia Rifle and Pistol Club, and member of the honorary Raven Society.
During her time with the Cavalier Battalion, CDT Penatzer has studied abroad in Shanghai, China on a Project Global Officer scholarship, travelled to West Africa on a humanitarian aid mission to teach English at the National Officer Academy in Benin, successfully completed Airborne School, and completed Cadet Troop Leader Training with the 307th Airborne Engineering Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC. This past summer, CDT Penatzer was also recognized as a “Top Cadet in the Country” after being named the Distinguished Honor Graduate of her regiment at the 2014 Leadership Development and Assessment Course.
CDT Penatzer hopes to branch Military Intelligence and will commission with her class in May 2015.
CDT Executive Officer Timothy Conway
Cadet Tim Conway is the Cavalier Battalion’s Cadet Executive Officer. His primary duty within the battalion is to act as chief of staff and second in command to CDT Penatzer, the Cadet Battalion Commander. His role requires him to coordinate within the staff, organize most of the battalion’s day-to-day operations, and to supervise all the different elements of the battalion staff. CDT Conway is majoring in Middle Eastern Language and Literature and Commerce, concentrating in Information Technology and Management with a focus in Business Analytics.
During his time in the Cavalier Battalion, CDT Conway has studied in Irbid, Jordan on a Project Global Officer Scholarship, completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in 2014, and completed an internship at the National Ground Intelligence Center. He is also the Cadet Association President, managing the fundraising, Alumni interactions, and community outreach for the Cavalier Battalion. In his free time, he has been active in martial arts, Mosby’s Rangers, and the Alexander Hamilton Society.
CDT Conway will commission in May as a Military Intelligence Officer, branch detailed to Infantry for his first four years.
CDT Sergeant Major Samuel Richardson
Cadet Sam Richardson is the current Cadet Command Sergeant Major serving the Cavalier Battalion. In this position, Cadet Richardson sets and enforces standards, oversees the execution of training, and is the senior NCO advisor to Cadet Penatzer. He works closely with Cadets Penatzer and Conway to develop plans and operations, as well as with CavBat’s two Platoon Sergeants, who play the single most important role in the successful execution of those plans and operations. In addition to his current position as Command Sergeant Major, Cadet Richardson is a proud member of the Ranger Challenge team. He is grateful to have been afforded the fantastic opportunity to study abroad in Kenya and learn Swahili as part of a JMU program paid for by a Project Global Officer grant.
Outside of his commitment to Army ROTC, Cadet Richardson enjoys the challenge of having a very diverse academic workload each semester. He is a double major in Biology and Religious Studies, a combination that has proven to begin many an interesting conversation! He informally focuses his studies on evolutionary biology/ecology and Islamic studies.
When he’s not studying or spending time on ROTC, Cadet Richardson can probably be found making music. He plays trombone in the Cavalier Marching Band, but is a particularly enthusiastic member of the basketball band. Two of his favorite memories from his time at UVa so far are playing in the band at the Syracuse game last spring when the men clenched the ACC regular season title, and then traveling in the band in support of the team’s NCAA tournament play at Madison Square Garden. Beyond athletic bands, Cadet Richardson plays casually a handful of other instruments, regularly attends St. Paul’s Memorial Church, and works to never forget how lucky his to attend this great university.
Cadet Richardson is considering the Engineer Branch and looks forward to receiving his commission alongside his classmates in May 2016.