Twelve new officers commissioned


TUSKEGEE, Alabama (May 9, 2014) — All three of Tuskegee’s ROTC branches united to welcome new officers into the Armed Forces today. A dozen ROTC graduates took their service oaths during the Joint Officer Commissioning Ceremony, held at University Chapel. The keynote speaker was Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Bostick speaks at commissioning.
Bostick urged the young leaders to stay committed to their branches and their missions. He also said that they were part of a special profession that is built upon service.

“You’re less than 1 percent of America that decides to put on a uniform,” Bostick said. “You will serve and sacrifice. And, we thank you.”

He also gave the new officers some advice about leading in their new positions. He said communicating effectively, continuing their educations and taking care of their troops, were important. 

“Take care of those you lead and their families,” he said. “It’s never too hard to take care of your troops.”

Second lieutenants, United States Army

Michael Benton, Corps of Engineers
Latonya Elsberry, Adjutant General’s Corps
Quinetta Forby, Quartermaster Corps
Darryl Lenard Lassic, Jr., Quartermaster Corps
Keeshana Marshall, Chemical Corps
Lovester Posey, Air Defense Artillery Corps
Shanell Thomas, Reserve Duty, Medical Service Corps

Ensigns, United States Navy

Ashley Perry, Surface Warfare Officer
Erica Simmons, Surface Warfare Officer

Second Lieutenants, United States Air Force

Harvey Hurst, Developmental Engineer
Frank Jackson, Developmental Engineer
Jonathan Overy, Remote Piloted Aircraft

Cadets take oath of service.

Award presentation.

© 2014 Tuskegee University

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