Cameron Army ROTC cadets commissioned as second lieutenants

Eighteen graduating seniors from Cameron University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program were commissioned as Second Lieutenants during a ceremony held at the McCasland Ballroom on May 11. Cameron’s graduates competed against more than 4,000 cadets nationwide for branch choices and selection for active service Army. A centralized selection board at the Department of the Army considers several factors in making branch assignments, including Army needs, each cadet's field of study and overall scholastic performance. All but two of this year’s graduates earned their first choice of branch assignments.

“This graduating class has performed extraordinarily well,” says Lt. Col. David Zaccheus, Chair, George D. Keathley Department of Military Science. “The follow-on classes have much to live up to in order to be compared with these fine young officers.”

The seniors who received their commission are:

  • 2LT Jordan L. Baxter, Lawton, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Commission: Corps of Engineers
  • 2LT Ariel T. Bergeron, Lawton, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in psychology, Commission: Medical Service Corps
  • 2LT Derrick R. Bieller, Elgin, B.S. in criminal justice, Commission: Medical Service Corps
  • 2LT Briar C. Bohach, Norman, B.S. in international languages, Commission: Military Intelligence Corps and Branch Detailed Field Artillery
  • 2LT Jan P. Calderon-Tamayo, Lawton, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in history, Commission: Aviation
  • 2LT Cedric J. Ford, Lawton, B.S. in criminal justice, Commission: Ordnance Corps
  • 2LT Christian S. Gordon, Lawton, B.S. in interdisciplinary studies, Commission: Finance Corps
  • 2LT Zachary B. Higginbotham, Snyder, B.A. in history, Commission: Military Intelligence Corps and Branch Detailed Field Artillery
  • 2LT Patrick T. Hornsby, Geronimo, B.S. in interdisciplinary studies, Commission: Medical Service Corps
  • 2LT James T. Howarth, Port Orange, Fla., B.S. in criminal justice, Commission: Aviation
  • 2LT Cody M. Jones, Mustang, B.B.A., Commission: Aviation
  • 2LT Jeremiah K. Lo, Lawton, B.S. in biology, Commission:  Medical Service Corps
  • 2LT Christopher D. Long, Lawton, Master in Business Administration, Commission: Adjutant General’s Corps and Branch Detailed Infantry
  • 2LT Brandon R. Marcoux, Lawton, B.S. in interdisciplinary studies, Commission: Signal Corps and Branch Detailed Infantry
  • 2LT Alexander C. Mitzs, Lawton, Master of Science in behavioral science, Commission: Medical Service Corps
  • 2LT Ebony Q. Starr, Lawton, B.S. in criminal justice, Commission: Adjutant General’s Corps
  • 2LT Jennifer R. Thomas, Fort Worth, Texas, B.S. in interdisciplinary studies, Commission: Adjutant General’s Corps
  • 2LT Joshua C. Wood, Lawton, B.S. in criminal justice, Commission: Medical Service Corps

The Comanche Battalion is ranked fifth nationally out of 273 Army ROTC programs across the country. The commissionees had an average grade point average of 3.45, and each was assessed in the Active Army Component. Their Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) performance resulted in a 37 percent Excellence rating, compared to the national average of 18 percent and a brigade average of 21 percent. The Comanche Battalion is part of the 5th Brigade, which consists of 33 colleges and universities in eight states.

Cadets in CU’s Comanche Battalion must meet rigorous physical fitness demands, achieve satisfactory evaluations in leadership skills, support the community through various service-related activities, and, as a senior, serve as a mentor to junior class members and must meet academic standards in both their major  and military science.

 

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May 16, 2013

PR#`13-111