ROTC cadet first WSU woman to serve in armor branch

By Chris Heatherly, Army ROTC

caitlin-faganPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Army ROTC cadet Caitlin Fagan is the first female Cougar selected to serve in the U.S. Army’s armor branch. Service in the combat infantry and armor fields was opened to women in April.

“I look forward to the challenges and responsibilities of this honor,” Fagan said. “Without a doubt I will continue my dedication and perseverance as an armor officer.”

A senior majoring in criminal justice and criminology, she will report to Armor Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, Ga., after May graduation. Sixteen other WSU senior cadets also received branch assignments and also will commission into the Army as second lieutenants in May.

ROTC has been part of WSU since 1892. The program commissions approximately 20 Army officers each year. For more information, contact Garry Nestler at 509-335-7394 or visit