The Pershing Rifles was founded on October 2, 1894 by a dedicated, and well trained group of cadets at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. These cadets represented the best the battalion had to offer. They took pride in themselves, and in each other as Pershing Riflemen. They set the example for others to follow, and maintained a level of professional and discipline that was emulated by their peers.
Over 120 years later, the Pershing Rifles remains dedicated to the ideals espoused by our patron, General of the Armies John J. Pershing. We remained focused on our mission of producing leaders, and take pride in carrying on the traditions of professional, discipline, and dedicated.
The men and women who have had the honor to wear the Pershing Rifles cord have distinguished themselves as Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen – and have gone on to lead successful careers in the public and private sectors. The skills they learned as members of the Pershing Rifles helped prepare them for success in life, whether it be in service to their nation, or in business.
Today’s organization is no different. We strive for excellence in every endeavor, and put the needs of others above our own. If you’re already a member, I challenge you continue to live up to the standard set by our patron, General Pershing. If you’re not a member, consider taking the challenge.
P/R MG Zackery F. Day
National Society of Pershing Rifles