April 27, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU Army ROTC plans May 7 commissioning
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Seven Slippery Rock University Army ROTC cadets will receive their second lieutenant commissions at a 4 p.m. May 7 ceremony in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall.
Their oath of office will be administered by Lt. Col. Patrick Callahan, head of SRU’s Army ROTC program.
Earlier in the day, the seven will receive their diplomas as part of SRU’s commencement ceremonies in Morrow Field House.
Receiving commissions are:
- Merle McConnell, a criminal justice major from Aliquippa. He will be commissioned to active duty as an infantry officer, reporting to Ft. Benning, Ga., June 19, to participate in the Officer Basic Course. Once completed, he will report to his first duty station in Ft. Campbell, Ky.;
- Nicole Cosner, an athletic training major from Conneaut Lake, will be commissioned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Medical Service Corps. She will begin the Physician Assistant Masters Program at Gannon University next fall. Her first duty station will be with the Medical Support Company for the 128th Forward Support Battalion in Pittsburgh;
- Thomas Vierra III, a history major from Hermitage. His first assignment will be as an active duty quartermaster. He reports Aug. 7 to Ft. Lee, Va., for the Officer Basic Course. His first duty station will be at Fort Campbell, Ky., with the 2nd Air Assault Brigade;
- Paul Kebker, an elementary education major from Genoa, Ohio. He will be commissioned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a transportation officer and will report to the Officer Basic Course at Ft Lee, Va., in 2012. His first duty station will be with the 328th BSB in eastern Pennsylvania;
- Mary-Lynn Kebker, an elementary education major from Toledo, Ohio. She will be commissioned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as an ordnance officer and will report to the Officer Basic Course at Ft. Lee, Va., in 2012. Her first duty station will be with the 328th BSB;
- Joshua Vales, a criminology major from Volant, who will be commissioned to the U.S. Reserve Signal Corps, reporting to the Officer Basic Course at Ft. Gordon, Ga., in 2012. He has been assigned to the 301st RSG in Butler; and
- Nathan Rumm, a history major from Edinboro, who will be commissioned to the Pennsylvania National Guard Infantry Unit, reporting to the Officer Basic Course at Ft. Benning in the fall. His first duty station is with 112th Infantry Battalion Bravo Company in Cambridge Springs.
All seven will graduate with minors in leadership.
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