Charlie Company’s First Female Detachment Commander


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Rosa Lewis is originally from Yates City, Illinois. She grew up going to Faith Baptist Christian School in Pekin, IL from elementary through high school. Her family consists of her parents, Rodney and Karla, and her two brothers Mitchell and Jeremiah. Maranatha Baptist University was her top choice for college because of the ROTC programs and the option of Biology Pre-med as a major, while still getting a Christian emphasis in her studies.  She went through a semester in the Air Force ROTC, but quickly realized it was not for her.  She got in contact with the Army ROTC cadre, MAJ Schultheiss, and went to some of the classes and labs. Soon, she figured out that it was the right path for her. When she found out that she had been awarded a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship, she jumped on board with the program immediately, and according to her “has loved it ever since”. Excellence in everything is something she strives for. Now, being the first female detachment commander here at Maranatha, she can instill that vision in her fellow Cadets. With one on one mentorship, a company of motivated cadets, and a unity that of no other ROTC group, we are seeing exemplary things happen here at MBU. In May, it will be her privilege to be the first female Cadet to commission from MBU.  She will be branching Chemical Corps and on active duty.  She thanks God for his goodness to her and for the opportunity to be a part of Maranatha Baptist University’s Army ROTC. Rock Solid, Charlie Company!