Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and its Army ROTC Islander Battalion held their annual Cadet Leadership Forum on Sept. 19.

The focus of the forum was “Women in Leadership.” Mayor Nelda Martinez was the special guest.

“Leadership comes from all walks of life; all of these cadets are leaders, and they have a responsibility to be a mentor to others,” Martinez said. “They are a part of the growth of Corpus Christ.”

The ROTC forum, which is held two times in the spring and two times in the fall, brings together senior leaders from all walks of life, including military leaders and those in leadership roles in the community and at the university. At the forum, the senior leaders shared their experiences and values to the next generation so that they are prepared for leadership and its challenges in the future.

ROTC training began in South Texas in 1951. Since the first group from then Texas A&I University graduated, more than 148 cadets have been commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.