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Appalachian State University cadets commissioned as second lieutenants

06_05ROTC18.jpgBOONE—Nine Appalachian State University cadets and graduating seniors were commissioned as second lieutenants May 5 by Lt. Col. Douglas G. Jett during a commissioning ceremony held on campus.

Jett is chairman of the Department of Military Science and Leadership at Appalachian and in charge of the Army ROTC program at the university.

The new officers from North Carolina are Jason E. Roberts from Candler, who will join the Army’s Air Defense Artillery; and Jacob B. Gibbs of Durham and Andrew P. Eggers of Fletcher, who were branched to Aviation. Also receiving commissions were Rebecca K. Lesemann of Huntersville, who will join the Medical Service Corps. Eric C. Torgerson of Sanford joins the Signal Corps.

Graduates from other states who were commissioned as officers are Eric P. Elsener from Edmond, Okla., Military Intelligence; Matthew T. Houston from Johnson City, Tenn., Field Artillery; Jose J. Maldonado of Snohomish, Wash., Military Police; and Hunter S. Opilla of Midlothian, Va., Chemical Corps.

After completing their officer basic courses, the new lieutenants will report to their permanent duty assignments, where they will become platoon leaders in charge of 30 to 40 soldiers.

Photo Caption: Nine Appalachian State University graduates and newly commissioned second lieutenants in the U.S. Army pledge to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” during commissioning ceremonies held on campus. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)