JWVF was proud to participate in the first annual Jewish Warrior Weekend: Aggieland, which took place from April 14-16, 2017 at Texas A&M University. This event was open to any Jewish ROTC or military cadet in the nation. Hillel invited Jewish cadets from military academies and individual Jewish cadets from ROTC programs to College Station for this exciting event.
Cadets arrived in College Station on Friday the 14th and celebrated Shabbat with a welcome from Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. Throughout the day on Saturday there were campus tours, speakers on leadership, and a visit to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The group also took a tour of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and heard former Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz, Major General David Rubenstein, FACHE, and Brig. General Joe E. Ramirez Jr., Commandant of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets speak.
A highlight of Aggieland Jewish Warrior Weekend was a talk given by Maj. Gen. Rubenstein’s talk; he served for 35 years as a military healthcare manager. A graduate and Cadet of Texas A&M, Gen. Rubenstein returned to his alma mater to discuss how the military helped him define his medical career path:
“I had designs in college of eventually going to graduate school to become a physical therapist. I applied to two programs and was the number-one alternate at each. Both told me to reapply the following year. I graduated from college and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. I was interested in healthcare, and if I was going to be in the Army, that was what I wanted to do. My interest in healthcare is centered on taking care of soldiers and their families. That is what has driven me. Interestingly enough, a year later when it was time to reapply to the two physical therapy programs, I found myself in Germany as a medical platoon leader in charge of 35 medics and two providers and taking care of 800 infantrymen. I was enjoying myself and never reapplied to those physical therapy programs. One of those two programs was the Army graduate program in physical therapy, over which I am now the commanding general.”
– Journal of Healthcare Management, May/June 2012
This program was sponsored by the Corps of Cadets, Hillel, and the Jewish War Veterans of the United States Foundation.