Meet Raven Jackson: VWIL Cadet of the Month

November 2, 2011

Each month the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) names a cadet of month who demonstrates excellence in academics, physical fitness, and military procedure.

“These are cadets who go above and beyond the call of duty,” said Jessica Hartzog ’12, who adds that naming a “cadet of the month” inspires others to excel in all areas and promote esprit de corps. At the end of each month, submissions are made to the S-2 staff. Making the final selection are S-2, along with First Captain; Class Congress Chair; and Brigadier General Mike Bissell, commandant of the corps.

This month, sophomore Raven Jackson takes center stage and reveals why she chose to pursue the military:

Raven Jackson

“I am a 19-year-old Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership cadet who currently attends Mary Baldwin University. My major is criminal justice with a double minor in political science and leadership studies. I grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia in a single-parent house hold. My father, Eric T. Howard, was a Navy Veteran who passed away in 2000. I decided to join the military because my father’s military duty influenced my life in a positive way.

Prior to graduating Deep Creek High School, I was awarded a Type 3, four-year Air Force Scholarship. I was awarded this scholarship for — among many characteristics — my leadership in Air Force Junior ROTC, my grade point average, and my extracurricular activities. I graduated high school with an advanced diploma and in the top 10 percent of my class.

Upon arriving to Mary Baldwin University, I joined VWIL to expand my leadership skills, and to prepare myself for a future in the military. During this journey I have met so many wonderful women and have earned my cadetship. The greatest accomplishment thus far has been the opportunity to contract with the United States Air Force. “