FORT KNOX, Ky.—The 8th Regiment, Advanced Camp, Commissioning Ceremony took place at Waybur Theater August 5. Friends and family witnessed four Cadets officially become second lieutenants.
Mick Chiara, Executive Services Division ROTC Cadet Command, explained the purpose of the commissioning ceremony.
“It’s to celebrate all of their hard work; it’s the culmination of their degree paying off. For the present friends and family, it’s a big deal,” Chiara said.
Marinne Kusa-Ryll, mother of 2 LT Ginger Ann Ryll, describes how she felt seeing her daughter become a second lieutenant.
“I’m very proud of my daughter. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, this is all part of her plan. I wasn’t nervous at all.” Kusa-Ryll said.
The ceremony opened with a warm welcome from the Cadre to friends and family of the new second lieutenants, with guest speaker Brigadier General James T. Iacocca, The 60th Adjutant General of the U.S. Army and Executive Director of the Military Postal Service Agency, giving a heart-warming and inspiring speech.
A sequence of timeless Army traditions occurred after, such as the national anthem, the oath of office, the unveiling of gold bars and the first salute. Loved ones of the new second lieutenants had the honor of unveiling the gold bars on the uniforms of the new officers.
After the gold bars are revealed, the second lieutenants render their first salute as commissioned officers. The first salute is a tradition that dates back to the early 1800s. New officers were assigned an enlisted advisor and in exchange for the salute, they pay their advisors a silver dollar. Finally, Brig. Gen. Iacocca presented the second lieutenants with their commissioning certificate.
With a bright future ahead of them, these new second lieutenants leave to spend the day with their loved ones.