DARE TO LEAD!
THE STORIED PAST OF A DISTINGUISHED BATTALION
Task Force Dragon’s home at 3205 Lancaster Avenue, a national historical landmark, on the Drexel University campus houses the Battalion's Headquarters and Staff. From this small spot in Philadelphia, PA, the staff manages the Task Force that encompasses ROTC Cadets from Drexel University, The University of Pennsylvania, LaSalle University, Saint Joseph’s University, The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and Jefferson University.
Task Force Dragon traces its roots to two ROTC programs – Drexel ROTC and UPENN ROTC. Both were created in 1917 after our nation’s entry into World War I. Many Drexel and UPENN Army ROTC graduates served with distinction in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and in the First Gulf War as well. In 1997, UPENN’s Army ROTC combined with Drexel University Army ROTC, creating Philadelphia’s Army ROTC consortium, “TASK FORCE DRAGON”. This consortium continues to this day, developing students who desire to become future junior officer leaders in the U.S. Army. Rated as one of the top Army ROTC programs on the East Coast, TF DRAGON and its members' universities providing unique opportunities for those students who seek academic and leadership excellence.
While pursing an academic major at one of these fine institutions, Army ROTC Cadets attend Military Science Classes and Leadership Lab on the Drexel University campus. Cadets participate in color guard, Ranger Challenge, foot marches, and physical readiness training, as well as conducting field training exercises at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, or Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.