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May 03, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU ROTC commissions nine cadets

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Brig Gen. Todd McCaffrey, director of training in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, will be the speaker when Slippery Rock University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corp commissions nine, second lieutenants into the U.S. Army at 4 p.m., May 17 ceremonies in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Lt. Col. Joseph Alessi, professor of military science and director of SRU's ROTC program, will administer the oath. The SRU cadets will receive their diplomas at SRU's spring commencement ceremonies May 18 in Morrow Field House.

McCaffrey, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who earned a master of economics from Colorado School of Mines and the U.S. Army War College, was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1986 and has served as a first lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel and colonel, before being named to his current post last September.

He has served as executive officer to the director of the Army Staff, deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Army Pacific, and commander of the second Stryker brigade combat team in Iraq, among other position.

Cadets slated for commissioning are:

James Stubert, a 2011 history graduate student from Greenville who will receive his master's degree and will join the adjutant general in the Chemical Corps branch. He will undertake the Chemical Corps basic officer's leaders course at Ft. Leonardwood, Mo., then report to the 4th attached reconnaissance squadron of the 6th cavalry regiment, 16th combat aviation brigade at Ft. Lewis, Wash.;

Rose Brandberg, a graduating senior in special education and elementary education from Carlisle, who will be assigned to the Army National Guard 628th HSC after attending graduate school at SRU;

Alison Dzuroff, a graduating senior in therapeutic recreation from Hindsdale. N.Y., who will be assigned to medical service after attending medical service basic officer's leaders training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. She expects to be assigned to an Army Reserve Unit in Savannah, Ga.;

Nathaniel Kapaldo, a chemistry and leadership major from Springfield, Va., who will enter the U.S. Army Reserves and attend Veterinary School at Kansas State University with plans to enter the Army Veterinary Corps;

Amber Fleming, a communication major from Pittsburgh, who will enter military service in the Signal Corps to become a member at the leadership development and assessment course as platoon teacher, assessor and coach to the 12th regiment. She will undertake training at Ft. Gordon, Ga., before being assigned to Ft. Riley, Kan.;

Andrew Line, a professional studies major from Boiling Springs, who will undertake the infantry basic officer's leaders course at Ft. Benning, Ga. He is to be assigned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 112th Infantry Division;

Tyler Shimandle, a philosophy and leadership major from Carlisle, who will enter active duty after completing military police basic officer's leaders course at Ft. Leonardwood, Mo, with assignment to the 6th military police brigade at Ft. Bragg, N.C.;

Anthony Balos, a philosophy and leadership graduate from Browns Mills, N.J., who will serve his officership in the active duty infantry branch, but has not yet been assigned a location; and

Cody Lauer, a history major at Clarion University from Fryburg, who will continue his military training in the Pennsylvania National Guard 110th infantry unit. Lauer undertook his ROTC training at SRU.

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