The Institute Report, June 2013, Page 11
Cadet First Captain Noll Sees Goals Accomplished
With the coming of summer, and
the end of another academic year
at VMI, comes a tradition as old as
the Institute itself: command of the
Corps of the Cadets changing over
from one regimental first captain to
another. At the Graduation Parade,
held May 14, outgoing Regimental
1st Capt. Sean Noll ’13 handed
over responsibility for the Corps
to the new regimental first captain,
Joseph “Joey” Bishop ’14.
Noll, a Lancaster, Pa., native who
commissioned in the Marine Corps
after graduating from VMI, ended
his duties with the satisfaction
of seeing his goals for the year
Those goals included increasing accountability and speed at
formations before breakfast and supper, and taking the entire Corps
on two trips: one to Annapolis, Md., for a football game against the
U.S. Naval Academy, and one to Washington, D.C., for the presidential
Noll explained that last spring,
at the annual leadership retreat
organized by members of the
commandant’s staff, he and his
staff members realized that the
Corps needed to be getting down
to the mess hall faster in order to
give everyone enough time to eat.
To accomplish this goal, Noll
made two changes. First, he
increased accountability by having
corporals physically walk around
their squads, so they could see
who was present and who was not.
Second, he and his staff organized
the Corps into two battalions
arranged in the shape of an “L.”
One battalion now lines up along Letcher Avenue from Jackson Memorial
Hall to Scott Shipp Hall and the other lines up in front of barracks.
“We’re putting half of the Corps closer to the mess hall, so that saves
time,” explained Noll. “We made the formation more functional.”
New Regimental Commander Aims for Professionalism
Cadet 1st Capt. Sean Noll afixes his name to the plaque in Jackson
Arch as incoming 1st Capt. Joey Bishop looks on.
-- VMI Photo by
Cadet Joseph “Joey” Bishop ’14, the
incoming regimental first captain for
2013-14, has one overarching goal in
At the annual Leadership Retreat held
in mid-April, Bishop, his regimental
executive officer Cameron Armstrong,
and the seven staff captains who will
serve under them set three goals for
the upcoming academic year.
The first is to build upon the
reputation of VMI as a professional
organization, especially with regard
to the Rat Line. The second is to
restructure and train the now-
ceremonial guard team to respond to
the threats of today’s world, such as the April 24 bomb scare, which
caused evacuations on parts of post. The object in question turned
out not to be a bomb.
“We want to keep [the patrolling of the guard] a traditional,
historic event but keep it prepared for the events of today,” said
Bishop, an applied math major from Austin, Texas.
The third goal is to revise the class system in barracks. To
accomplish that goal, Bishop will be working closely with Cadet
Weston Hitchcock ’14, 1st Class president.
“One of our main goals as far as revamping the class system goes
is the conduct of cadets,” Bishop explained.
Bishop said that while he’s not
afraid to delegate responsibility, he
won’t be sitting back and taking it
easy while others work.
“I definitely like to lead from the
front and be out there getting the
work done,” he said. “Delegation is
absolutely necessary in leadership,
but … I’m not afraid to get dirty, so
to speak,” he continued.
Not surprisingly, Bishop has been
working his way up the leadership
chain at VMI. This past year, he was
on the Cadre with Golf Company,
where he served as a first sergeant.
He’s also involved with the Marine
Corps ROTC’s Semper Fi Society.
This summer, Bishop will attend Marine Corps Officer Candidate
School, and he will commission upon graduating from VMI.
But first, there’s another class of future VMI men and women set
to matriculate in August, and Bishop is looking forward to having
a hand in the process that will mold them.
“Building upon the Rat Line’s reputation as a professional
organization is definitely something I’m looking forward to, because
the Rat Line is such an important aspect of VMI,” said Bishop. “It’s
what we do to produce men and women of character and honor.
It’s what makes cadets cadets.”
Incoming Cadet 1st Capt. Joey Bishop accepts the
flag from Gen. Peay during the Change of Command
– VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.
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