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Inextricably linked in history, Texas A&M University and its Corps of Cadets honor their past, acknowledge the present, and look to the future through exhibits in the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. As you step through the doors, it’s obvious that you have entered a special place that strives to preserve the history, flavor, and mystique of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets from its beginning in 1876 to today. Exhibits addressing the famous Aggie traditions, born in the Corps, make it easy to understand why Aggies are so loyal. Recognition of Aggie contributions to state and nation is a common thread. In addition, the Metzger-Sanders Firearms Collection is one of the most important antique and commemorative firearm collections available to the public. Its value lies in the number and condition of the collection. The collection, with weapons dating back to the 14th century, presents a physical timeline of the history of firearms. The Sanders Corps of Cadets Center is a must-see for truly understanding what makes Texas A&M a unique American institution.

06/27/2018
Texas Aggie Ring

The latest pair of boots to arrive at the Corps Center for the boot loan program has quite a back-story.

This is the page for "Texas Aggie Ring." It has long been foretold that, "One Aggie Ring Shall Rule Them All!"

The first Texas A&M "Aggie" ring was made in 1889. After a few changes the ring was standardized to its current design in 1899.

05/30/2018

A big thank you and shout out to the Quad Moms for donating another 5 Sam Brownes to the Corps Center loan program! We appreciate your generosity and kindness so much.

Briggs Hall, Dorm 3. To continue our series to bring you the historical information on the namesakes of the Corps Dorms.
01/04/2018

Briggs Hall, Dorm 3. To continue our series to bring you the historical information on the namesakes of the Corps Dorms.

Article in The Battalion about Aggie Bags.  What fun!
10/25/2017
Hitchhiking home to A&M

Article in The Battalion about Aggie Bags. What fun!

Although it has always been slightly dangerous to pick up hitchhikers, Aggie Bags were once a way for students to carry their belongings while also indicating that they were respectful

Kiest Hall, Dorm 2.  To continue our series to bring you the historical information on the namesakes of the Corps Dorms.
10/24/2017

Kiest Hall, Dorm 2. To continue our series to bring you the historical information on the namesakes of the Corps Dorms.

Kiest Hall, Dorm 2. To continue our series to bring you the historical information on the namesakes of the Corps Dorms.

The Texas Wanderer
10/20/2017

The Texas Wanderer

The Texas Wanderer
10/20/2017

The Texas Wanderer

Thank you Texas Wanderer for the great shots of the Metzger Collection!
10/20/2017

Thank you Texas Wanderer for the great shots of the Metzger Collection!

02/09/2017
Philo Hoope DuVal Jr.'s Obituary on Shreveport Times

Sad news to report. The author of "The Last Corps Trip" has taken his. "It's just another Corps Trip boys...."

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | Philo Hooper DuVal, Jr. Benton, LA - Mr. Philo Hooper DuVal, Jr., born June 10, 1930, passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 86 on Monday, February 6, 2017, after a lengthy illness.

Thank you to the Quad Moms for sponsoring Sam Brownes for the loan program!
11/07/2016

Thank you to the Quad Moms for sponsoring Sam Brownes for the loan program!

We are all familiar with the Corps dorms by number.  But do we know about the individuals for whom the dorms are named? ...
10/11/2016

We are all familiar with the Corps dorms by number. But do we know about the individuals for whom the dorms are named? We are starting a series to tell you a little bit more about these gentlemen. If you did not know, part of the renovation of the dorms on the Quad is a board recognizing each of the dorm namesakes with pictures and a biography. Our first featured namesake is Professor David W. Spence (Dorm 1).

Our museum curator, Lisa Kalmus, was recognized this morning by the Texas A&M Bookstore in their First Friday Faculty Fo...
10/07/2016

Our museum curator, Lisa Kalmus, was recognized this morning by the Texas A&M Bookstore in their First Friday Faculty Focus.

This month we are starting First Friday Faculty Focus! Our first winner is Lisa Kalmus, she is the curator of the Corps of Cadets Museum located in the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. She has been the curator for 15 years. The museum is more than just the history of the Corps of Cadets but the origins of the University itself. It is Open to the Public Monday Through Friday from 8am-5pm. Feel free to stop by and say hi to Lisa and the other staff members at any time! Thank you so much Lisa for all that you do! We are so excited to start this Faculty Focus! If you want to nominate your favorite faculty member please email your nominations to [email protected] With their name and why you want to nominate them! Have a great Friday everyone! #FirstFridayFacultyFocus #TAMU

02/16/2016

Congratulations to the cadets selected to become the senior leaders of the Corps of Cadets for the 2016-2017 school year! Cadets selected to lead our Corps next year are:

Corps Commander – Cecille Sorio

Deputy Corps Commander – Justin Martinez

Chief of Staff – Samuel Simmons

1st Brigade Commander – Zachary Butler

2nd Brigade Commander – Ian Greenhalgh

3rd Brigade Commander – Zachary Lanctot

1st Regiment Commander – Stuart Seelman

2nd Regiment Commander – Christopher Akin

3rd Regiment Commander – Austin Collard

1st Wing Commander – Daniel Schultz

2nd Wing Commander – Ricky Hill

3rd Wing Commander – Kenneth Griffing

Aggie Band Commander – Matthew Rollins

We are proud of all of our senior Corps leaders for next year, and look forward to working with all of them in what we are confident will be another successful year for our Corps!

Exactly 100 years ago today...Looks like they decorated with Spanish moss.
12/07/2015

Exactly 100 years ago today...Looks like they decorated with Spanish moss.

11/12/2015

The Corps Center will be open this Saturday, noon-5:00 pm. BTHO WCU.

10/13/2015

The Corps Center will be open this Saturday, 10-1:30 pm. BTHO Alabama!

Corps Center was in The Eagle yesterday highlighting the Hollingsworth exhibit!
08/20/2015
Lt. General Hollingsworth Exhibit to be Moved

Corps Center was in The Eagle yesterday highlighting the Hollingsworth exhibit!

The display case of Lt. General James Hollingsworth, A&M class of '40, will be seen in different places on campus in the near future. During the next week, several pieces of the exhibit will be taken to a display at the Ash Leadership Learning Center, which is between dorms 5 and 7 at the cadets's…

08/18/2015

Countdown to FOW tomorrow! Expecting over 900 fish!

Please take a look at the fundraising effort by a former Corps Center Guard commander.
06/10/2015
Click here to support Lisa Kalmus & Mark Smith Scholarship by Brynn Biggs

Please take a look at the fundraising effort by a former Corps Center Guard commander.

Lisa Kalmus has been an important part in many cadets Corps Career while at Texas A&M. Unfortunately Lisa's husband, Mark Smith, lost his fight with on going health issues this past week. He leaves behind his wife, 2 daughters, a sister, his parents, and many more friends and family. Mark and...

Full view of the exhibit for 40th anniversary of women in the Corps.
02/24/2015

Full view of the exhibit for 40th anniversary of women in the Corps.

Exhibit for 40th reunion of women in the Corps in Duncan for the weekend.
02/24/2015

Exhibit for 40th reunion of women in the Corps in Duncan for the weekend.

11/11/2014

Corps Center will be open Saturday, November 15 from 12:00-5:00. Look forward to seeing you there!

10/31/2014

Because of the 11:00 am kickoff this week, the Corps Center will not be open. Step-off will be at 9:30 am. Alternate route is scheduled for this Saturday.

10/08/2014

We've already gotten a call from Mississippi about coming for a visit. This Saturday, the Corps Center will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there! BTHOOM!

Our artifacts that will be going to Belgium highlighted in Battalion article.
10/01/2014
Belgian exhibit shines light on A&M WWII effort

Our artifacts that will be going to Belgium highlighted in Battalion article.

Tanner Garza — THE BATTALION Bastogne, Belgium, is half a world away, and yet this December an exhibit will launch there called, “Texas Aggies Go to War,” in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

Corps Center Guard Commander Cameron Halbert '15 was interviewed by the Batt regarding fish spurs tradition.
09/19/2014
Fish Spurs: Then & Now

Corps Center Guard Commander Cameron Halbert '15 was interviewed by the Batt regarding fish spurs tradition.

Shelby Knowles— THE BATTALION The clicking and clacking of bottle caps has been loud on campus this week, which means Fish Spurs are back.

09/10/2014

Corps Center will be open before the Rice game this Saturday from Noon-6:30 pm (1200-1830).

09/05/2014

Corps Center will be open Saturday from 12-5.

09/05/2014

We've gotten a few calls about March-In. Step off will be at 5:00 and the route will be the same as last year.

09/04/2014
Texas Aggies Go to War: Memorial Day Show 2014

Video of the part Texas Aggies will play in the new museum in Bastogne, Belgium. This segment was part of the Memorial Day celebrations in May of 2014. The Aggie part of the museum will open December 1944 and be up for almost two years. The Corps Center will have artifacts in that exhibit.

This is "Texas Aggies Go to War: Memorial Day Show 2014" by TTI on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

08/21/2014

Final FOW count is 879!! We are excited to add the class of 2018 to the Aggie Family!

08/20/2014

Current fish count--835. Welcome to the Class of 2018!

08/20/2014

Latest FOW update--637 fish checked in.

08/20/2014

It's FOW time again. As of right now 161 fish have checked in!

07/18/2014
Brazos Valley Bucket List: Sanders Corps of Cadets Center

The Corps Center made the Brazos Valley Bucket List and was featured on KBTX.

We didn't have to travel far for this week's Bucket List item. We went just down the street to the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center on Texas A&M campus.

04/11/2014

The Corps Center will be open Saturday, April 12 from 10 am until 2 pm.

Corps Center Guard toured GySgt R. Lee Ermey at the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center last night!
01/31/2014

Corps Center Guard toured GySgt R. Lee Ermey at the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center last night!

Murray Wortham '65 exhibit.  Addresses former student lost over Laos during the Vietnam War and his family's involvement...
11/05/2013

Murray Wortham '65 exhibit. Addresses former student lost over Laos during the Vietnam War and his family's involvement in the MIA/POW campaign. The helmet at the bottom of the case was found nearly 30 years after his Phantom II plane went down.

New formation in Band Case!
10/22/2013

New formation in Band Case!

Corps Cemter Guard at Ol' Sarge Celebration!
10/22/2013

Corps Cemter Guard at Ol' Sarge Celebration!

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Texas A&M University, 1400 TAMU
College Station, TX
77843-1400

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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Can you tell me what is happening here? The video was taken yesterday at the Academic Building
The Jersey Shore Fightin’ Texas Aggie Rings and I found a box the right size to fit “Excalibur” the Aggie Saber for shipping it from Jersey down to College Station, Texas so it can be in the Corps of Cadet Center’s Saber Loan Program. We stuffed sad Texas Aggie Kung Fu Panda into the box to travel with and protect “Excalibur” until it gets to Texas A&M where Aggie Saber will be used by cadets who are pure in heart and over 6’ tall. “You know…” said Aggie Ring ’84. “If anyone opens this box before it gets to Texas A&M, that panda is going to kill them. They get really angry if you interfere with what they’re doing.” The Aggie Rings and I are going to miss that saber. It cut a lot of cakes over my 20 years in the Army. I’m worried about the panda. He knows it’s a one-way trip and he can never return to the Jersey Shore and will likely have to remain in Texas the rest of his life. Maybe if he’s lucky, he will find a lady trucker who will give him a lift to New Mexico or Arizona where it’s a dry heat. He will be mighty uncomfortable in the Tarzan heat and humidity of Texas and the staff at the Corps Center will probably just throw him into the dumpster. I told Aggie Kung Fu Panda, “If you can survive the heat and crawl over to the Dixie Chicken, maybe they’ll let you bus tables and sleep under the bar.” Then the Aggie Rings and I had an epiphany! I told him, “If you can find a good Ag who’s from San Antonio and will let you hitch a ride back with him or her, maybe you can live in the basement of the Alamo. It’s got to be cool down there. Not fade away!
Ever since Jersey Shore Aggie Bear bit the bullet and went down to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas to guard his shipment of Aggie Boots for the Aggie Boot Loan Program, Jersey Shore Fightin’ Texas Aggie Ring has to drink without Aggie Bear. Aggie Ring tried activating the “Emergency Backup Bear.” His name is “Pan da Bear.” “This new bear sucks!” cried out Aggie Ring. “It doesn’t even know any Kung-Fu and after just two drinks, it’s yelling out profanity in Chinese.” “I miss Aggie Bear.” said Aggie Ring. “He could drink and hold his liquor.”
Save Aggie Bear!!! #saveaggiebear I sent Aggie Bear down to Texas A&M in College Station, Texas just this week and they immediately start serving him coffee and do-nuts at the Corps of Cadet Center. There better be soy or almond milk in that coffee cup and no dairy. They’re going to let him get fat. This is why Texas has a much higher obesity rate than New Jersey. At least they’re Shipley and not Dunkin’ doughnuts. Growing up in Bellaire/Houston in the 70s, if you wanted to find a police officer, you only had to go to the doughnut shop. I’m pretty sure that cops ate half price at Shipley’s. Does Shipley’s still make kolaches? I could really use a couple. I have to make them myself up here on the Jersey Shore. They don’t know what one is. I only have access to Polish pastries here. I haven’t had a real doughnut since I was stationed in New Jersey almost 17 years ago. Back to Aggie Bear. They better damn well not let him get fat at the Corps of Cadet Center. If he gets fat and gets stuck crawling out of Rabbit’s front door, well…. I might have to revise my policy of not ever going back to Texas. I’m not having Aggie Bear stuck halfway out a hole until he looses weight at the Hundred Acre Woods. No sir. Not on my watch. The Aggie Bear has issues with gluten. He can have a bite or two but no more than that! Those doughnuts are not low calorie or healthy-heart friendly. I know exactly how much that Aggie Bear weighs and he better not gain more than a few ounces now that he’s in Texas. Don’t let him around any BBQ brisket or ribs. He’ll have the chicken. And, NO sweet tea! He doesn’t need kidney stones. If the Aggie Bear starts getting fat because he’s hanging around the Corps of Cadet Center shoving doughnuts into his mouth, I might have to send someone over to take him to PT in the mornings when the Fall Semester starts.
Boots should arrive Monday. The Jersey Shore Fightin’ Texas Aggie Ring and the Aggie Boots up to a local UPS Store to be packed and shipped down to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Center to be added to the Aggie Boot Donation Program. The Aggie Boots were good soldiers about it and didn’t seem too upset about going back to A&M because they knew they would be good Aggie Boots to another few Aggie Cadets in the coming years. The Aggie Boots did ask me to include the big bear “Ted” who wears the Texas A&M bow tie in the box because they said they needed more “stuffing. Get it?” they said, “Stuffing…” “What will they do with a bear that’s wearing a Texas A&M bow tie down in College Station?” I asked the Aggie Boots. “I’m sure they’ll find somewhere to ‘stuff’ him.” laughed out the boots. The UPS man is very short. He laughed and said that the boots were up to his waist.
Jersey Shore Fightin’ Texas Aggie Ring and I found a box we can use to ship Jersey Shore Aggie Boots down to deepest darkest Texas for the Corps of Cadets Center Aggie Boot Donation Program. All I need to do now is go and get more packing material. The little drinking bear was crying all evening. “Why?” he cried at me. “Don’t you love those Aggie Boots?” I sat down next to the little bear and explained. “Yes I love those Aggie Boots. But I love them so much I’m sending them back down to deepest darkest Texas to College Station so that they can do their job again. Aggie Boots got to march! We’re so close to the beach here on the Jersey Shore that I’m afraid they might get sand on them.” The little bear sniffled a bit but nodded his little stuffed head in understanding. (I’ll get the little bear a bourbon and he’ll be just fine.) The Aggie Boots, all size 14EE of them were in a much better mood about the whole trip down to Texas thing. They began to sing (in perfect harmony): “These boots were made for walking And that’s just what they’ll do One of these days these Aggie Boots will walk right over you.” “You know.” I said to the Aggie Boots. “I don’t think Nancy Sinatra sang that song exactly like that.”
I've been told the Corps Center can find a home for my boots. Where do I send them? So…. My Sam Browne belt is being used by someone in Trident P-2. Both pairs of my spurs are with some random drummer in the Aggie Band as of a couple of weeks ago. I am trying to think of something to do with my Aggie Boots. I was going to drive down to the New Jersey Pinelands and pour gasoline on them at the monument where Emilio Carranza (The Mexican Lindbergh) crashed his plane and died and set them on flame for a good photo opportunity. Not to mention that the Jersey Devil would probably make an appearance at a sacrificial Aggie Boot Burning. The monument is awesome and in the middle of nowhere. I could totally pull it off. Even if I did raise Hell and brought out the Devil. But, it’s really creepy down in the Pinelands and I don’t normally get worked up by being out in the middle of the woods in Jersey in the dark. I was kind of freaked out the last time I was down there for the annual ceremony at dawn. My Aggie Boots are in great shape. Some of my buddies and I in V-1 (day students) probably wore our boots more to bars on the outskirts of Bryan or College Station to get free drinks than we did to formation. I could scrape the heel of either of my boots on the sidewalk and sparks would shoot out from the steel tabs in the heel. That always got me a free drink or two. Also, I had no problem jumping up on the bar in uniform and dancing with a random woman or two. And, by the way, I went to formation at least two times a week when I was a senior in the Corps. Whether I needed to or not! The boots are a size 14 or 14-1/2 wide. I’d guess a D or EE. I’m just of average height at 6’-5” so they’d need to fit someone around that height. I was running like hell back then so they’re fitted for someone with large calves and a large build. It took an entire unit of fish in the Regiment to take me to the quad on my 21st birthday. They still smell like new leather. One can’t describe the smell unless you’ve had a pair. They are a very dark brown (burgundy?) I wanted black Corps boots, but it seems that they wouldn’t make them black for me. Does anyone know someone who wants them or where I should send them? The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
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