Eric Baker, the son of Dennis & Diana Baker of Leonard, Michigan, was appointed to the position of First Captain of the 137th Corps of Cadets at St.
John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. In this position, 1CPT Baker is responsible for peer discipline, training, morale, and overall efficiency of the Corps of Cadets.
He was selected based on his demonstrated leadership ability and academic standing. Currently in his third year at SJNMA, Baker has amassed many achievements: Dean’s List with Honors, Chinese National Honor Society, Wisconsin Society of Founders and Patriots of America Award, National Sojourners Award, Order of St. Vincent Acolyte Award, silver and gold, Good Conduct Medal, and JROTC top 10% Wreath, Dads Club and Best Drilled Swordsman Medals. Baker is also a Varsity Letter member of the Wrestling Team and a three-year JROTC Raider Challenge Team competitor
LTC Jim Kebisek, Senior Army instructor, stated “This school year has seen unique challenges, and is different than any other in our 137-year history. Although there were other highly qualified cadets to fill the position, it became apparent early on that Eric Baker was the best to fill the position. Immediately after the announcement, 1CPT Baker acted swiftly, providing needed direction, putting the Corps of Cadets on a road to success.”
Baker is pursuing an Army ROTC scholarship to attend Marquette University as a Computer Science major.
Both Hirschfeidl and Strimpel area a residents of Oxford and graduates of Lake Orion High School.