ROTC cadets to be commissioned in spring ceremonies
May 13, 2014
Two commissioning ceremonies for Army ROTC cadets in the Northwoods Battalion will be held in May.
UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls comprise the Northwoods Battalion in northern
Wisconsin. ROTC stands for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
University of Wisconsin-Stout department of
military science will hold its Spring Commissioning at 11 a.m. Saturday, May
17, in the Fireside Room on the Terrace of the Memorial Student Center.
David Church, of Menomonie and branch chief in the 75th Training Division, Fort
Snelling, Minn., will be the guest speaker.
hometowns, universities, majors and Army branch for cadets to be commissioned
- Travis Blinkiewicz, of Tomah,
UW-Stout; construction; Corps of Engineers
- Sean Bottin, of St. Paul,
UW-River Falls; history; Armor
- Ian Dahm, of Menomonie,
UW-Stout; dietetics; Signal Corps
- Ryan Sajdera, of Radisson,
UW-Stout; health, wellness and fitness; Aviation
Claire will hold its ceremony at 5 p.m., Friday, May 16, in the Ojibwe Grand
Ballroom of the Davies Center.
Julie Gerety, Wisconsin National Guard Direction of Domestic Operations/13/5/7,
will be the guest speaker.
hometowns, universities, majors and Army branch for cadets to be commissioned May
- Allison Derthick, of Knoxville,
Tenn., UW-Eau Claire; criminal justice; Military Police Corps
- Bryan Donovan, of Greenfield,
UW-Eau Claire; psychology; Medical Service Corps
- Dietrich Henckel, of Viroqua,
UW-River Falls; agriculture engineering technology; Aviation
- Alexander Thornton, of Chippewa
Falls, UW-Eau Claire; criminal justice; Military Intelligence
- Shane Smith, of Dousman, UW-Eau
Claire; chemistry liberal arts; Chemical Corps
ceremonies include a commitment to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. A
cadet is granted authority to carry out the duties as a commissioned officer in
the U.S. Army. The authority to grant a commission rests with Congress.
the ceremony, each cadet takes the Oath of Office, similar to the president of
the United States at inauguration. The cadet chooses an officer or retired
officer to administer the oath. Family members, or others close to the
individual being commissioned, pin the cadet with gold bars. The ceremony
culminates with the newly commissioned officer being saluted by a
noncommissioned officer of his or her choice.
year the battalion trains approximately 140 cadets across all academic levels
and produces an average of 16 lieutenants. Winter, spring and summer
commissioning ceremonies are held. Students enroll in leadership courses as
electives in pursuit of a degree of their choice.
2005 an ROTC partnership program was established at UW-Stout with 11 students.
A program already existed at UW-Stevens Point.
from UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls took ROTC courses through UW-Stout.
2007 a partnership program was established at UW-River Falls.
2009 ROTC became part of UW-Eau Claire, and in 2010 a satellite agreement was
more information refer here.
Caption photo no. 1: Col. David Church
Caption photo no. 2: Commissioning
ceremony, December 2013