ROTC to commission three cadets at Dec. 19 ceremony
December 17, 2015
University of Wisconsin-Stout department of
military science will hold its fall commissioning ceremony for Army ROTC cadets
in the Northwoods Battalion at noon Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Crystal Ballroom
of the Memorial Student Center at UW-Stout.
UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls comprise the Northwoods Battalion in northern
Wisconsin. ROTC stands for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
cadets to be commissioned are UW-Stout students Jeffrey
Hilgendorf, of Tomahawk; Emily Huro, of Menomonie; and Daniel McGlew, of New
Col. Julie Gerety, Wisconsin Army National
Guard director of Domestic Operations, will be the guest speaker.
The three students also will graduate from
the university on Saturday — Hilgendorf with a bachelor’s degree in engineering
technology, Huro in business administration and McGlew in health, wealth and
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.
enroll in leadership courses as electives and pursue a degree of their choice.
ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in America,” said Lt. Col. K. Dave
Pindell, professor of military science.
year the battalion trains approximately 120 cadets across all academic levels
and produces an average of 12 lieutenants. 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 to Northwoods Battalion: Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
Photo captionROTC cadet takes oath at a previous Northwoods Battalion commissioning.