ROTC Experience: Anthony Donatelli

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My name is CDT Anthony Donatelli, and I am a Green to Gold Cadet attending Moravian University. 

I originally attended Moravian then-College in 2016 and then attended the County College of Morris in New Jersey in 2017. After two years of education, I enlisted into the United States Army as a combat medic, where I served for the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Fort Campbell, KY. 

While serving at Fort Campbell, I fulfilled my duties as a medic for my Unit. 

As a medic for the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, I kept track of soldier’s medical records, provided medical coverage for numerous events where injuries may have presented themselves, and was an open line of communication for soldiers in my unit if anything medical ever caused them some worry. 

My unit was tasked to set up air defense weaponry at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in response to the missiles launched by Iran on Jan 8, 2020. 

For the eight months I spent there, I operated a computer responsible for firing our air defense weaponry if a rocket, artillery, or mortar was launched onto the forward operating base. 

I also trained up on the systems operated by our Air Defense personnel to prepare for a deployment to Iraq in March 2020. 

Additionally, I learned valuable medical skills while working with a forward resuscitation surgical team based out of Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington State. While serving overseas, I applied for the Green to Gold program through the Army, placing me against eight hundred applicants. 

In December of 2020, I was informed I was among four hundred other applicants to get accepted into the program with my intended school being Moravian University. 

Moravian University was a “no brainer” for me when considering where I wanted to finish my undergraduate degree in political science. 

The school has a small campus with engaging staff members, the local area in Bethlehem holds much history and kills much downtime between studies, and much of my family still resides in North Jersey and central Pennsylvania. 

Not to mention, I have had nothing but a pleasant experience working with Marilyn Cavotta in the Veteran Affairs department here.

Now, I am completing my undergraduate at Moravian University with a major in political science and a minor in history.