We are pleased to announce the Regimental Officer positions for the 2017-2018 school year.
- George Hamilton
- Linda Delgado
- Jason Chen
- Sam Nolin
- Christopher Northup
- Evan Schlifstein
- Nikita Zinovyev
Regimental Chief of Staff:
- Emma Hastrup
An Interview with 2016-17 Regimental Commander Richard Dunleavy ‘17
What legacy is the current regimental staff leaving and handing over? What words of advice would you give George?
Honestly, there’s so much that it’s hard to pick a single thing. Keep your people together, keep your people informed, keep talking to them, and keep them talking to each other. Have each others’ back no matter what. The stronger your officer corps is together, the stronger the regiment’s going to be.
How did being the Regimental Commander impact you as a person and as a leader for your future?
Honestly, the best way to say it is I’m better equipped to deal with the everyday issues. Being the RC came with more than the position, it was the first time I was a boarder at any school. So I learned boarding life, learned how to deal and live with people, and not just American culture but Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Russian, latino, all of them. How to appeal to those groups and how to lead those groups and make them want to achieve. I’m walking away with much more than I originally thought I would.
Where are you going to college?
Virginia Military Institute. I am studying physics on a four-year Naval ROTC scholarship.
What is your goal after college?
The ultimate goal is to join the Navy and become a Navy Seal as an officer. A lot of people set Navy Seal as their goal, but I don’t want to be one of those who sees the movies and wants to become one just because it’s awesome. It’s because of what they do and how they work in the background and make a big change for little thanks, but at the same time, they’re one of the groups who really keeps us safe. It’s not because of the fame, it’s just because of what they do is awesome.
An Interview with 2017-18 Regimental Commander George Hamilton ‘18
What does this leadership role mean to you?
It means that I need to be the glue for the cadet corps, that my actions and responsibilities are a reflection of the Farragut product that I’ve been a part of since I started boarding in 6th grade.
What do you hope to accomplish this upcoming year?
I hope we can continue the work CDR Schock, Commandant Wallingford, and 1st Sergeant Worthy have laid. I want to capitalize on our traditions and values. I want the values of our past to be the foundation for our future. Most importantly I want the cadets to understand this is not my regiment but our regiment, not my team but our team, not my home but our home.
How did you feel when you found out you would be the new Regimental Commander?
I felt God had put a lot of responsibility on my shoulders, people were congratulating me left and right and I was like “Why, I haven’t done anything yet, thank me when I accomplish something. When we change this place and make it even better than what it already is!”
How has your time at Farragut prepared you for this leadership role?
Farragut is what you make of it. We have the tools to make great people greater and mediocre people great. Which one am I? That would be a question for the people. All I can say is that Farragut has made me participate and interact with students from all over the world, and made me adapt to other cultures while helping them adapt to mine.
Have you spent time with Richard Dunleavy to learn about the responsibilities of the role? What advice did he give you?
I had limited conversation with him due to the amount of responsibility we both had this past year. I hope I can live up to all the previous RC’s standards and implement their methods and hopefully continue to improve them next year.
What is your goal for college and for a career?
I would like to go to the University of Nevada and major in History. I’d like to use the ROTC program to become an Army Artillery Officer and serve my country. After that, I want to get into politics and run for congress. After that, we’ll see where God takes me, who knows you might be talking to a future President. 😉