University Student Earns Top National Ranking at Air Force Officer Training Program

September 14, 2023

Cadet Gallub attends his weekly Lead Lab class in the Military Science Dept

Written by: Maj Jeffrey Mattheis

On his way to becoming an officer in the United States Air Force, Nebraska Wesleyan University ROTC Student, Jared Gallub traveled to Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB) in Montgomery, Alabama this past summer to complete his initial field evaluation. 

The field evaluation consists of 18 days in a high-stress environment, designed to measure trainees’ ability to lead across multiple disciplines while honing their physical and mental fitness, leadership aptitude, critical thinking, and resilience. Approximately 2,000 college students completed this evaluation between June and July of 2023.  Each trainee was evaluated to the baseline standards required of military officers and received a performance rating in relation to their peers. 


Gallub demonstrated outstanding preparation, character, and determination earning him the number 1 ranking among his 401-trainee group composed of students from over 145 different universities across the nation.  Only 5 other students among the 2,000 who attended share this distinction.  As Gallub enters the next phase of training, he is now working hard to pass along his successes to the 28 underclassmen who will be training to excel in their field evaluation in the coming years. 

As a junior at NWU and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jared serves as the Flying Husker Booster Club President while majoring in Biology with a 3.9 GPA and competing on the NWU varsity wrestling team.  In his final two years of undergraduate education, he is striving to earn an Air Force health professional scholarship in order to attend medical school and become a trauma surgeon.