By: Jake McCollum
Fort Knox (July 27, 2015) – There is a day at the end of the Cadet Leader’s Course set aside for celebration and time with loved ones. On the master schedule it is called ‘Family Day’ – the last day before graduation, when between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. cadets are allowed to leave post with their families for a day of relaxation and catching up.
However, a select few remain behind until about 2 p.m. to receive the reward they’ve all been training for.
Ten cadets received the rank of 2nd Lt. at the End of Camp Commissioning ceremony for 8th Regiment CLC, held at the Waybur Theater at 1 p.m. Joined by their families, friends, other cadets and the observer/trainer/mentors that guided them through the past 29 days, each had the opportunity to publicly celebrate their accomplishment.
“The lessons you learned these past four years in ROTC training will stay with you for the rest of your career,” said Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Sharpsten, the presiding officer over the ceremony. “You have to make every day, every decision count. Be the leader our soldiers deserve.”
The commissionees took the Oath of Office all together but accepted their commissions and performed the customary Silver Dollar Salutes separately, their ranks and shoulder boards pinned on by friends and family invited up to the stage. For pictures of the ceremony, you can go to armyrotc.smugmug.com
The names of the Army’s newest 2nd Lt.’s are:
2nd Lt. Paul Ashby, University of Portland.
2nd Lt. Emmanuel Duarte, Claremont McKenna College
2nd Lt. Timothy Gulley, University of Utah
2nd Lt. Geoffery Hannel, Kansas State University
2nd Lt. Ross Ito, Florida International University
2nd Lt. Troy Marschall, University of Mississippi
2nd Lt. Kathryn Masin, Capital University
2nd Lt. Nicholas Mogensen, Texas A&M University.
2nd Lt. Jared Osterli, University of Washington-Seattle
2nd Lt. Jong Bum Park, Claremont McKenna College
Brig. Gen. Sharpsten couldn’t have said it better: “You’re joining an Army family…welcome aboard. It’ll be a great ride.”