Weber Named Hargrave 2017 MacArthur Recipient

Press Release for February 22, 2017

Chatham, VA – February 22, 2017 - Hargrave Military Academy named Cadet Nathaniel Weber as the Academy’s 2017 General Douglas MacArthur Award winner, which recognizes top leadership within the school. The award was presented on behalf of the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday, 

February 22, 2017 in the Academy’s Owen R. Cheatham Chapel.


The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents the MacArthur Cadet Awards annually to  outstanding Cadets  within the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States.  The award is designed to encourage cadets to emulate the leadership qualities shown by General MacArthur, as a student at West Texas Military Institute and at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Approximately 40 schools are authorized to provide the award to its top cadet each year.


Presenting the award was Andrew Kratz, a Class of 1989 Hargrave graduate and current member of the Board of Trustees. Kratz served as a United States Marine for ten years. Upon the conclusion of his time in service, Andrew served as a Dignitary protection for HRH Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco. Andrew is currently the President and founding partner of Triangle Rock Club in North Carolina.  Kratz addressed the Cadets, faculty and staff with a message focused on leadership, courage and the responsibility each of us of has to inspire others.   


Cadet Weber serves as the Cadet Battalion Commander of the Hargrave Corps of Cadets and holds the rank of Cadet Major.  As Battalion Commander, he provides overall Cadet leadership to his fellow Cadets and peers. Weber is also the primary liaison between faculty and staff with the Corps.  He performs these duties while maintaining a full academic load and athletic pursuits.


Cadet Weber is a superior scholar, athlete and leader.  Since his arrival as a sophomore at Hargrave, Weber has been selected by the American Legion to attend Boys State.  Virginia Boys State is a "leadership action program," designed to build a working knowledge of government structure and to impress upon the young men that we have a government of our making.  Weber has also attended the Foreign Service Institute summer program, to gain better insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy. On the field, Weber is a part of the Varsity Lacrosse team and has also lettered in Varsity Wrestling.


Hargrave’s President Brigadier General  Don Broome (U.S. Army (Ret)) talked about the process of selecting the MacArthur Award Recipient: “Each year we have a number of young men who meet the guidelines of the (MacArthur) Foundation. They are true scholar-athlete-leaders and demonstrate a desire to serve. It becomes a matter of the Academy senior administration sitting down and reviewing every one of these Cadets. In this case, I am confident we have selected the Cadet who clearly emulates ‘the leadership qualities of General Douglas MacArthur’ and that is Cadet Major Nate Weber.”


After graduating from Hargrave Weber would like to attend the Naval Academy to serve as an Intelligence Officer or a Navy SEAL. He has also been accepted to the University of Colorado Boulder and Old Dominion University, Auburn University and Hampden - Sydney College.                                                   



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