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Army ROTC Northwoods Battalion commissions seven cadets

May 21, 2013

Seven cadets were commissioned as U.S. Army officers Sunday, May 12, during the Army ROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremony at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point comprise the Northwoods Battalion in northern Wisconsin. ROTC stands for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

The cadets, all recent graduates, were commissioned as second lieutenants. Their hometowns, universities, majors and units are:

From left, Louisa Denno, Emily LaValley, Zachary Rossow, John Mans, Paul Klotz, Joshua Smith and Paul Weiss.•  Louisa Denno, of Blaine, Minn., UW-Eau Claire, nursing, Army Nurse Corps, unit pending.

•  Paul Klotz, of West Bend, UW-Stout, applied social science, 127th Infantry, Waupun.

•  Emily LaValley, of Neillsville, UW-River Falls, dairy science, Adjutant General’s Corps, Madison.

•  John Mans, of New Brighton, Minn., UW-Stout, engineering technology, 309th Engineering Company, Brainerd, Minn.

•  Zachary Rossow, of Osceola, UW-River Falls, economics and geography, infantry, unit pending.

•  Joshua Smith, of Menomonie, UW-Stout, information and communication technologies, aviation, unit pending.

•  Paul Weiss, of Menomonie, UW-Stout, master’s in technology management, military intelligence, 25th Infantry, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

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.

Retired Brig. Gen. Pete Heimdahl was the guest speaker.

The battalion furnishes lieutenants to local National Guard and Army Reserve units as well as to the active Army.

Each 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.

The Northwoods Battalion produces more officers than any other ROTC program in the 3rd Brigade, which represents nine Midwest states.

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 partnership agreement was signed.

For more information go to the website.

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