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.

ROTC cadet takes oath at a previous Northwoods Battalion commissioning.UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls comprise the Northwoods Battalion in northern Wisconsin. ROTC stands for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

The cadets to be commissioned are UW-Stout students Jeffrey Hilgendorf, of Tomahawk; Emily Huro, of Menomonie; and Daniel McGlew, of New Lisbon.

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 fitness.

Commissioning 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.

During 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.

Students enroll in leadership courses as electives and pursue a degree of their choice.

“Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in America,” said Lt. Col. K. Dave Pindell, professor of military science.

Each 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.

Northwoods Battalion history

In 2005 an ROTC partnership program was established at UW-Stout with 11 students. A program already existed at UW-Stevens Point.

Students from UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls took ROTC courses through UW-Stout.

In 2007 a partnership program was established at UW-River Falls.

In 2009 ROTC became part of UW-Eau Claire, and in 2010 a satellite agreement was signed.

For more information refer to Northwoods Battalion: Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

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ROTC cadet takes oath at a previous Northwoods Battalion commissioning.