Edinboro University recognized 13 cadets in the Fighting Scots Battalion on Friday during the 2017 Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony. The cadets were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army in the ceremony at Frank G. Pogue Student Center.
The university also welcomed retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeanette K. Edmunds, an EU alumna, who delivered the commissioning address.
Of the 13 commissioned cadets, 12 earned bachelor’s degrees and one cadet earned a master’s degree. Eleven cadets will enter active duty as officers in the United States Army, and two will serve as officers in the National Guard.
The cadets that were commissioned in the Class of 2017 include:
Lt. Col. Marc Beckage, commander of the Fighting Scots Battalion, provided remarks to the commissioned class and led the cadre through the Oath of Office and pinning of Lieutenant’s Bars. Each cadet received his or her official pins from parents and family members.
“I am confident that they are among the very best junior military leaders in our country,” Beckage said. “I know they are ready to listen, ready to think, and ready to take action in order to carry on this unique tradition.”
Edmunds, who retired from the Army in 2006 after 32 years of active service, encouraged the Edinboro cadre to embrace their leadership roles and take advantage of the opportunity to serve.
“You will never have a better opportunity than the one you are going to get in the military,” said Edmunds, who graduated from Edinboro University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. “The world is at your fingertips. In this role, you will lead, mold and shape the next generation of cadets.”
During her military career, Edmunds rose to the position of Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at Army headquarters. In this role, she was responsible for Army logistics planning, policy formulation and program development. She has served as commander and leader at every level in the Army and the Department of Defense and has received the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal.
The Spring 2017 Commissioning Ceremony marked Edmunds’ first return visit to Edinboro since her graduation ceremony.
“Edinboro University has a very robust ROTC program,” said Edmunds, who was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Army Ordnance Corps upon graduation. “The cadets are doing excellent work on their way to earning their degrees.”
Edinboro has commissioned more than 200 U.S. Army officers since the ROTC program’s inception in 1973. Students enrolled in the Military Science and ROTC programs receive instruction in the fundamentals of leadership, with emphasis on self-discipline, integrity, confidence and responsibility.
For more information about EU’s Military Science and ROTC programs, visit www.edinboro.edu/ROTC
Photo caption: Edinboro University Fighting Scots Battalion cadets, from left, Hung Dinh, Mathew Rabold, Autumn Held, Alec Healy and Garrett Adelizzio were among the 13 officers sworn in as Second Lieutenants during Friday’s commissioning ceremony.