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Golden resident inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame

Col. Warren A. Spaulding recognized for his dedication to military education


Retired Col. Warren A. Spaulding said he’s very moved to be inducted into the University of Colorado’s (CU) Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Golden Buffalo Battalion Hall of Fame.

But it’s actually the ROTC that should get the recognition, he said.

“This is special for all the people involved,” Spaulding said, “because it represents all the ROTC in the area.”

The Golden Buffalo Battalion is hosted at the University of Colorado in Boulder but has partnerships with the Colorado School of Mines and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Its Hall of Fame recognizes graduates of the Army ROTC program who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of leadership and service to others.

“ROTC provides character building at the right age,” Spaulding said. “We need reserve officers who can come at a moment’s notice and serve the USA.”

Spaulding, 87, of Golden, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York with a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1952. He was initially commissioned in the air defense artillery but later changed his branch to field artillery and served multiple tours of duty in the continental U.S. and international tours in Okinawa, Korea, Republic of Vietnam and Germany.

Notable in his career as a military educator, from 1973 to 1975, Spaulding was a professor of military science at CU where “he worked tirelessly to ensure the ROTC cadets received credit for military training in an anti-military environment in the wake of the Vietnam conflict,” states a press release.

Spaulding retired from the Army in 1979.

However, following his military retirement, Spaulding went on to became an admissions councilor at Mines and soon after became the registrar and associate dean of students. He held this role from 1984 to 1995.

During his time at Mines, Spaulding was instrumental in organizing the Honorary Colonels of the 115th Engineer Regiment and the subsequent successful campaign to gain support to keep ROTC on the Mines campus.

“Today’s students are a special group of Americans,” Spaulding said. “We can count on them when we need them to protect our country.”

A ceremony for Spaulding’s induction into the Golden Buffalo Battalion Hall of Fame took place on May 2 in Golden. His plaque will join 18 others in the Hall of Fame at CU’s Folsom Stadium.

“People who have contributed significantly to the success of our program deserve recognition,” said Lt. Col. Jason Lojka, professor of military science at CU. “This is a forum for which we can do that.”


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