ROTC Cadets Commissioned as Part of Spring Commencement Exercises

ROTC Commissioning05/10/2018
BATON ROUGE – Eighteen LSU graduates were recognized during the LSU Spring Commissioning Ceremony on Thursday, May 10, in the Union Theater. Maj. Gen. Carl F. Ernst, an LSU alumnus from New Orleans, was the guest speaker for the ceremony and gave the commissioning oath.

Eight LSU graduates from the Army ROTC program and eight graduates from the Air Force ROTC program were commissioned. Two LSU students, who participated in Southern University’s Navy ROTC program, were also commissioned. In addition, three graduates from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that took part in LSU’s Army ROTC program were commissioned.

LSU ARMY ROTC:
Baton Rouge, La. – 2nd Lt. Matthew Ethan Cavell will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with minors in mathematics and professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. After graduation, Cavell reports to the Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Benning Georgia. Cavell's bars were pinned on by his mother, Charlotte Cavell. Cavell received his first salute from his Mentor, LSU Army ROTC Military Instructor, United States Army Master Sgt. Daniel Rhoads.

Opelousas, La. – 2nd Lt. Grant Matthew Carrier will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering with a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. After graduation, Carrier reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. Carrier’s bars were pinned on by his parents, Ray and Tillie Carrier. After officer training, Carrier serves with the 229th Engineer Battalion, Virginia Army National Guard in Richmond. Carrier received his first salute from his step-grandfather, United States Army Master Sgt. (Ret) John Fitzmaurice.   

San Diego, Calif. – 2nd Lt. Olivia Colton will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management with a concentration in ecological restoration from the College of Agriculture and also minors in Arabic and professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. After graduation, Colton reports to the Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood Missouri for Military Police School.  Colton’s bars were pinned on by her parents, United States Navy Capt. (Ret) James Colton and Philomena Colton, and her brothers, James, Kyle and Alex Colton. Colton received her first salute from her mentor United States Army Sgt. Jose Duque.

O’Fallon, Ill. – 2nd Lt. Evan Jordan Wesslund will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in criminology and a minor in professional leadership development. After graduation, Wesslund reports to the Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Benning Georgia. Wesslund’s bars were pinned on by his parents, United States Army Col. James Wesslund and Becky Wesslund. Wesslund received his first salute from LSU Military Science Army ROTC Instructor, United States Sgt. First Class Daniel Bottom.  

Fort Drum, N.Y.  – 2nd Lt. Kazimira I. Karwowski will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in general business from E. J. Ourso College of Business with a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. After graduation, Karwowski reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course Flight School at U.S. Army Fort Rucker in Alabama. Karwowski’s bars were pinned on by her mother, Angella Karwowski; grandparents Frank and Jackie Karwowski and Copeland Zaunbrecher, her fiancée. Karwowski received her first salute from her father, United States Army Sgt. First Class Kazimir Karwowski.  

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – 2nd Lt. Frank Joseph Fontenot will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in international trade and finance from E. J. Ourso College of Business with a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. After graduation, Fontenot reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Benning Georgia. Fontenot’s bars were pinned on by his parents, Frank and Gina Fontenot, and his fiancée, Saylor Wynn. He received his first salute from LSU Army ROTC Military Instructor, United States Army Master Sgt. Daniel Rhoads.

Dripping Springs, Texas – 2nd Lt. Michael Joseph Orgeron will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management engineering from the College of Engineering with minors in business administration, technical sales and professional leadership development. After graduation, Orgeron reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course with the 1st Aviation Brigade at U.S. Army Fort Rucker, Ala. Orgeron’s bars were pinned on by his parents, Robby and Julie Orgeron, and his brother, Justin. Orgeron received his first salute from Korean War Veteran United States Army Sgt. (Ret), John Modenbach,

Milwaukee, Wis. – 2nd Lt. Kathryn Anne Winski will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in international studies with a concentration in global diplomacy with minors in political science and professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Winski’s bars were pinned on by her parents, Maj. Gen. Brian and Kimberly Winski. After graduation, Winski reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Rucker in Alabama. She received her first salute from her brother, West Point Academy, Cadet Andrew Winski.

AIR FORCE ROTC:
Covington, La. – 2nd Lt. Dane Ivy will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. After graduation, Ivy reports to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga. Ivy’s bars were pinned on by Zachariah Ivy, Scott Cook, Spencer Meints and Lindsey Chaplain. Ivy received his first salute from LSU ROTC Air Force Aerospace Studies program, United States Air Force Technical Sgt. Quinton Smith.

Hammond, La. – 2nd Lt. Cole Henderson Hyler Wolf will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource ecology and management from the College of Agriculture with a concentration in wildlife ecology. After graduation, Wolf reports to Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Miss. Wolf’s bars were pinned on by his parents, Michael and Angela Wolf, and his brother, Graham. Wolf received his first military salute from his grandfather, former United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Ronald Wolf.

Lake Charles, La. – 2nd Lt. Jacob Ryan Hughes will receive Bachelors of Arts degrees in sociology, liberal arts and geography with concentrations in disaster science management, criminology and geographic information science, as well as a minor in aerospace studies from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. After graduation, Hughes reports to Laughlin Air Force Base, located in Texas for undergraduate Pilot Training. Hughes’ bars were pinned on by United States Navy Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Petty Officer Michael Pister.

New Orleans, La. – 2nd Lt. Dominic Daniel Centanni will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences with a minor in aerospace studies. After graduation, Centanni reports to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. Centanni’s bars were pinned on by his father, United States Navy Commander (Ret) Daniel Centanni, and he also received his first salute from Commander Centanni.

New Orleans, La. – 2nd Lt. Kathleen Marie Dickerson will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences with minors in aerospace studies and geography. After graduation, Dickerson reports to the Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Dickerson’s bars were pinned on by her parents, United States Air Force Col. Alan Dickerson and Cheryl Streit. Dickerson received her first military salute from Louisiana Air National Guard Senior Airman Dimitri Lawrence Bush.

New Orleans, La. – 2nd Lt. Khoa Dang Nguyen will receive Bachelor of Science degrees in computer and electrical engineering and electrical engineering with a minor in computer science from the College of Enigneering. After graduation, Nguyen reports to the Computer Systems Engineer School at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. Nguyen’s bars were pinned on by his parents, Dung Nguyen and Kim Loan Tran. Nguyen received his first military salute from LSU Air Force ROTC program, United States Air Force Technical Sgt. Quinton Smith.

Atlanta, Ga. – 2nd Lt. Kaylin Paige Hankerson will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences with minors in political science and aerospace studies. After graduation, Hankerson reports to Public Affairs Officers’ Training school at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Hankerson’s bars were pinned on by her mother, Harriet Hankerson, and her brother, Michael Tubb. Hankerson received her first military salute from her father, former United States Air Force Technical Sgt. Larry Hankerson. 

Norfolk, Va. – 2nd Lt. Sarah Mai will receive a Bachelor of Science  degree in environmental engineering  from the College of Engineering with a minor in aerospace studies.  After graduation, Mai reports to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash., for Logistics Officer School. Mai’s bars will be pinned on by her parents, Bradley and Rachelle Mai. Mai received her first military salute from Master Sgt. Daniel Rhoads of LSU Army ROTC Program. 

NAVY ROTC:
Rio Rancho, N.M. – Ensign Zachary James Spears will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences with a concentration in criminology. After graduation, Spears reports to the Basic School at Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. Spears’ bars were revealed by his parents, Jody and Judith Spears. Spears received his first military salute from Gunnery Sgt. (Ret) Hermillio Del Angel.

Rio Rancho, N.M. – Ensign Jeremy Michael Spears will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences with a minor in international studies. After graduation, Spears reports to the Basic School at Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. Spears’ bars were revealed by his parents, Jody and Judith Spears. Spears received his first military salute from Gunnery Sergeant (Ret) Hermillio Del Angel.

ULL Army ROTC
Lafayette, La. – 2nd Lt. Cody Alan Nash will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. Nash’s bars were pinned on by his parents, Troy and Melanie Nash along with his fiancée, Sarah Minnick. After graduation, Nash reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Gordon Georgia for Signal Corps School. Nash received his first salute from his mentor Louisiana Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Joshua Sweat.

New Orleans, La. – 2nd Lt. Ryan Kristopher Mixon will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral science from the College of Liberal Arts. Mixon’s bars were pinned on by her mother, Kimberly Gusman, and grandmother, Janice Burrell. After graduation, Mixon reports to the Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Lee Virginia for Military Transportation School. Mixon received his first salute from his mentor LSU Army ROTC military Instructor, United States Army Master Sgt. Daniel Rhoads.

Opelousas, La. – 2nd Lt. Loutori Mayon Williams will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from the College of Engineering. Williams’ bars were pinned on by her parents, Russell Williams Jr. and Paula Victor. After graduation, Williams reports to the Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Sill Oklahoma for Quarter Master School.  Williams received her first salute from her brother-in-law, United States Army Sgt. First Class Steven Thomas.

 

For additional information on the ROTC program, contact Lin Warmsley, director of academic affairs and student development and ROTC programs housing liaison in LSU’s Department of Military Science, at 225-578-2371 or 225-578-6472.

 

 

 

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