By Michael Howlett Staff Writer
January 10, 2014
Seth David Webb, a 2010 graduate of Carroll County High School, has been selected to be the Radford University Army ROTC Commander for Spring 2014.
“I wanted it, but didn’t know if I would get it. It was a nice surprise,” said Webb, who didn’t have an interest in joining the ROTC program when he first enrolled at Radford.
“I was actually part of the JROTC program at Carroll County High School for four years, but didn’t want to do it at all when I went to Radford, but during freshman orientation I was talked into it and eventually fell in love with it,” he said.
Webb attributed his change of mind to having more responsibility on the college level.
“It is totally different from high school,” he said. “We get up early and actually have responsibility for people and making things happen. We were kind of babied in high school.”
Although Webb will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and report to Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri for training as a military policeman following his graduation from Radford, he is not quite sure what the future holds.
“I really want to be a U.S. Marshall and being a military policeman will help me transition into that, or even if I become a state trooper my military training will be a help,” he said.
Webb enrolled at Radford in August of 2010 and by the summer of 2011 had earned a slot in Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Ga. He received his Airborne Wings after completing five jumps from a C-130. The following summer he returned to Ft. Benning and, after completing 14 days of training and a 12-mile ruck march in three hours, earned his Air Assault Wings, making him only the third Radford student to earn both wings.
During his Junior year, Webb completed LDAC at Ft. Lewis in Washington State. Having already earned his German Proficient Badge (in Gold), he was selected to fly to Illesheim, Germany, for four weeks where Webb was assigned to shadow a captain of an Apache helicopter.
Webb, who also served as co-captain of the Ranger Team at Radford this year, has maintained a 3.6 grade point average since his first semester. He is a member of the Sigma Chi National Fraternity and the Fraternal Values Society and the National Society of Colligate Scholars. He has held an executive position in Sigma Chi and was public relations chair for the Inter-fraternity council.
Webb’s parents are Mindy and Scott Anderson of Hillsville and his grandparents are David and Ida Woods. Another grandmother, Lena Mae Webb, resides in Laurel Fork, as does his father Steve Webb.