An International Perspective for a Future Military Officer

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

by Michael McCarry '15 (MBA)

The months following graduation are shaping up to be pretty busy for Aaron Bateman ’13, a senior member of Air Force ROTC who is a political science major with a concentration in Russian area studies. His summer will include receiving his commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, attending intelligence officer training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas, and then beginning his service as an active duty intelligence officer. Not to mention his August wedding to fellow Hawk Marissa Hunt ’13.

But staying busy is what Bateman does best. Throughout his time at SJU, he interned with Langley Intelligence Group, served as the cadet commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 750, and served as a member of the Arnold Air Society - an Air Force-sponsored organization that promotes service and leadership among ROTC cadets. He also has traveled to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and twice to Russia for both study and service opportunities.

Bateman traveled to Kanzan, Russia for study the summer following his freshman year through a Department of Defense program sponsored by National Security Education Fund. The eight-week program consisted of intensive Russian studies at the Critical Languages Institute in Arizona, followed by a one-month program at Kazan State University of Humanities and Education where he researched regional differences within the Russian Federation.

During the fall of 2011, Bateman interned as an intelligence analyst with Langley Intelligence Group where he focused on security issues in the former Soviet Union.  

Bateman's passion for international relations led him back to Russia over spring break 2013, this time as part of the Alternative Spring Break program. Instead of a stereotypical break, Bateman's week consisted of hauling concrete, putting up plaster, and cleaning an apartment complex that would eventually house mentally disabled Russian youth.

“I really benefited from my last trip to Russia, and I think the service element of this program over Spring Break was particularly rewarding,” says Bateman. “It was an absolutely amazing experience to help such wonderful people and benefit Russian orphans.”

Bateman has always believed in national and international service and he says that his travels have complemented his academic experience at SJU.

“My experiences have helped me see the world from a completely different, non-Western perspective, which is extremely important as I move forward into my career as a military officer,” he says.   

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