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A New Chain of Command

When Milana Taylor, Kathryn Hendricks and Mandy Grogg were appointed to lead the university’s Army ROTC Stonehenge Battalion last fall, the trio became the battalion’s first all-female chain of command. 

Taylor, from St. Robert, Mo., was selected for the position of cadet battalion commander — the highest post a student cadet can hold. Hendricks, a senior in engineering management from Bozeman, Mont., accepted the position of cadet command sergeant major while Grogg, a senior in English from Rolla, Mo., became the cadet battalion executive officer.

A specialist in the Army, Taylor is currently serving in the chemical brigade at Fort Leonard Wood. She’s seeking an Army officer commission and hopes to continue her career in the human resources field in the Medical Corps. She credits her success in part to the cadre and civilian staff’s tireless assistance.

“Being selected as the cadet battalion commander has been a humbling experience,” Taylor says. “Working with the cadet executive officer, Cadet Grogg, and the cadet battalion command sergeant major, Cadet Hendricks, has been quite the experience — in a good way. We work very well together as a command team.”

Hendricks joined the Army ROTC program at the end of her freshman year. As command sergeant major, she provides Taylor with personal, professional and technical advice.