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ROTC Prepares Students for Service to Country
Fifty-six students are graduating from Rensselaer’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs and starting active military service as officers with the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, and Air Force. Commissioning signifies the beginning of a student’s active military service. Each student took an oath of office in his or her respective branch of service in one of three commissioning ceremonies that took place on May 28 on campus.

Twenty-two Naval graduates will work in aviation, surface ship, submarine, nursing, and Marine Corp assignments. Captain Powell, a naval aviator and former commanding officer of the USS Saipan (LHA-2), was the keynote speaker. In the Air Force, 13 graduates (11 from Rensselaer and two from the University at Albany) will become pilots, combat systems officers, air battle managers, air liaison officers, scientists, and developmental engineers. Major General Darren McDew, vice director for strategic plans and policy, Joint Staff, delivered the keynote address.

In the Army, the Mohawk Battalion operates as the Army’s premier commissioning source for colleges and universities in the Capital Region. This year, six of the 21 graduates who will be commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants are from Rensselaer. Two-thirds of the group will go into active duty. Assignment locations for the new Lieutenants include Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Carson, Colorado; and Korea. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General Peter Chiarelli gave the keynote address.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 10, May 28, 2010
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