Westminster Students to be Commissioned as Officers in the U.S. Armed Forces

Apr 16, 2014

gold-barApril 16, 2014 Seventeen students to serve in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy SALT LAKE CITY - Every year, a handful of Westminster students not only graduate from the college, but also receive commissions as officers in several branches of the U.S. armed forces. While working on their academic degrees at Westminster, these students also participated in crosstown Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at the University of Utah. This year, 17 students will receive officer commissions through the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy ROTC programs. Upon graduation and commissioning, these students will go on to serve in their respective branch of service. ROTC students attend college like other students, but also receive military and officer training through their ROTC programs. Students participate in regular drills during the school year and extended training activities during the summer. Upon graduation, the ROTC units conduct ceremonies where students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marines, or ensigns in the U.S. Navy. Nationwide, ROTC graduates comprise approximately 30 percent of all active-duty officers in the Department of Defense. The following Westminster students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army on May 3 at 1 p.m. in the Fort Douglas Theatre: 2nd Lt. Rosa Chavez 2nd Lt. Tevita Fangupo 2nd Lt. Joseph HerrNeckar 2nd Lt. Alexandrea Keogh 2nd Lt. Elinor Layman 2nd Lt. Caresse Little 2nd Lt. Tianna Miner 2nd Lt. William Nuessle 2nd Lt. Dallin Petersen 2nd Lt. William Wicheta 2nd Lt. Jonathan T. Davis 2nd Lt. Jenna King 2nd Lt. Grace NuDelman 2nd Lt. Laura Rigby The following Westminster students will be commissioned as ensigns in the U.S. Navy on May 3 at 11 a.m. at the Utah State Capitol: Ensign Gabriella S. Davida Ensign Samantha J. Filipovich The following Westminster student will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force on May 3 at the Fort Douglas Officer's Club at 10 a.m.:   2nd Lt. William H. Lee        

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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