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UC ROTC Cadets Graduate to Become Military Officers in Special Ceremony


Four UC Army ROTC cadets will take part in a December commissioning ceremony the day before Commencement.

Date: 12/7/2009 6:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823

UC ingot   A solemn oath of office, a first salute as a military officer, an exchange of a silver dollar and a pinning of the bars of office – these gestures will be witnessed in a time-honored American tradition. University of Cincinnati Army ROTC cadets – graduating from UC this December – will be sworn into office as second lieutenants of the U.S. Army in a special ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, in the Annie Laws Room (Room 407) of the Teachers College.

The ceremony is held for Army ROTC cadets who achieve the high standards to be appointed a second lieutenant, such as meeting the requirements of their degree program, their officer leadership training, medical qualifications and physical fitness.

At the commissioning, the new officers receive their first salute in recognition of the authority of their office as bestowed by the president of the United States. The salute is also a reminder that these new lieutenants owe the future soldiers under their watch steady leadership, care and compassion.

Upon completion of the salute, each new lieutenant will give the saluting non-commissioned officer a silver dollar as an acknowledgement of the enormous role that non-commissioned officers have in developing new second lieutenants.

The ROTC Army cadets to take part in the commissioning ceremony are

Abigail Sarah Edwards – Edwards is from St. Petersburg, Fla., and will graduate from UC with a bachelor of science in health promotion and education from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). She is assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., upon her commissioning.

Ngoc Thai Minh Nguyen – Nguyen is from Dayton, Ohio, is a graduate of Miamisburg High School and is earning a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering. Nguyen will be assigned to the 478th Combat Engineer Battalion, based in Fort Thomas, Ky.

Christopher Michael Hawks – Hawks is from New Richmond, Ohio, and is a graduate of New Richmond High School. He is graduating from UC in December with a bachelor of science in criminal justice from CECH. His assignment after commissioning will take him to the Camp Casey 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea, 1st Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) next August. Before leaving for South Korea, he will be attending the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leader in Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Chelsea Blair Sonderman – Sonderman is graduating Magna Cum Laude from UC with a bachelor of business administration, concentrated in marketing, from the UC College of Business. Sonderman, of Harrison, Ohio, is assigned to the Ohio Army National Guard D Company, 128th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Hamilton, Ohio.

UC Air Force ROTC will hold a commissioning ceremony on Dec. 18 for Wesley Sloat, a UC Air Force ROTC cadet who is graduating from Xavier University. UC’s ROTC program has a number of crosstown agreements with neighboring institutions for students to earn their degrees at a partner institution but commission as an officer through the ROTC detachment at UC. Upon commissioning, Sloat will enter pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

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