16 Cadets appointed as Army Officers during the Wentworth Military College’s Army ROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremonies
Lexington, MO. In an evening ceremony on the campus of Wentworth Military College (WMC), 15 Cadets received their commissions as Army Officers on May 16, 2014. A separate commissioning ceremony was conducted for one Missouri Valley College ROTC cadet on May 10, 2014.
Commissioning as an Army Officer is the culminating event for an ROTC Cadet. America bestows special trust and confidence in these newly commissioned officers and entrusts them with the welfare of America’s most precious resource, its sons and daughters. More importantly, each of these new commissioned officers swears an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
These newly appointed Second Lieutenants have spent the last two to four years in the traditional four-year Advanced ROTC Program and the Early Commissioning Program (ECP; an officer-producing program exclusive to Wentworth Military College and four other Military Junior Colleges across the United States). Upon commissioning, the ECP-generated officers will serve two years in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves while they complete their bachelor’s degree at a college or university of their choice. The new Second Lieutenant that graduated from Missouri Valley College will begin his career on active duty as an Aviation officer following his completion of the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.
Many of the ECP-generated Second Lieutenants will serve as platoon leaders or play key roles in a battalion staff while they complete their undergraduate degrees after which they may elect to serve on active duty.
WMC Army ROTC’s newly commissioned Second Lieutenants (2LT) are:
2LT Kyle Christiansen, Quartermaster, Ripon, California
2LT Edward Dela Cruz Jr., Infantry, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
2LT Ricardo Gonzales, Ordnance, Pago Pago, American Samoa
2LT Austin Hale, Transportation, Mission, Kansas
2LT David Hernandez, Engineer, Hudson, Wisconsin
2LT Blaise Hooper, Quartermaster, Olathe, Kansas
2LT Joshua Julien, Quartermaster, McDonald, Georgia
2LT Samuel Kolkow, Engineer, Huntsville, Utah
2LT Joshua Lundy, Singal Corps, Norwalk, Iowa
2LT Emmanuel Nyarko, Signal Corps, of Newark, New Jersey
2LT Mickey Shelton, Military Police, Rutledge, Tennessee
2LT Eugene Stayt, Ordnance, Dongucheon, South Korea
2LT Ryan Todd, Infantry, Roseburg, Oregon
2LT Damien Watkins, Aviation, Camp Verde, Arizona
2LT David Williams, Field Artillery, Chicago, Illinois
2LT Taylor Wolf, Ordnance, Big Bend, Wisconsin