Wentworth Military College Army ROTC Commissions 16 New Officers

Commissionees.pngMay 16, 2014

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