05/15/2013 10:36 AM
BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, May 16, 19 of LSU’s ROTC cadets and midshipmen will be commissioned at noon in the Bo Campbell Auditorium of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
At the ceremony, 12 cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Air Force ROTC program, three cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Army ROTC program and four LSU students will be commissioned as second lieutenants or ensigns from Southern University’s Navy ROTC program.
The newly commissioned officers will also be acknowledged at LSU’s spring commencement ceremony later that day.
Among those commissioning, three will train as pilots, including one at the Navy’s Aviation School in Pensacola, Fla., and two at Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio, Texas; four will train as space and missile operations officers; and two will train as cyber operations officers at Keesler Air Force Base in near Biloxi, Miss. One will attend law school at Loyola University in New Orleans and another will attend medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School in Bethesda, Md.
Retired Maj. Gen. James W. Graves, who culminated a long and distinguished career of military service to his country as the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Reserve matters at the Pentagon, will be the guest speaker for the LSU ROTC 2013 Spring Commissioning Ceremony. In that capacity, he served as the principal adviser to the chairman on all matters affecting the Reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and, where appropriate, the Coast Guard. He also acted as the chairman’s personal liaison with the armed services on Reserve matters and participated in defense forums such as the Reserve Forces Policy Board, the Joint Capabilities Board and the Joint Requirements Oversight Council.
Graves received his commission from Officer Training School after graduating from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Following pilot training and active service overseas, he entered the Air Force Reserve unit program and continued his education, attaining a Juris Doctorate degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU. His duties in the Reserve program have included weapons officer, instructor pilot, flight examiner, flight commander and assistant operations officer. In addition to his military activities, Graves maintained a private law practice in Shreveport from 1980 until he was invited to return to active duty with the Air Force following the terrorist attacks on the United States of Sept. 11, 2001.
Graves commanded a combat deployment detachment; operations support squadron; the 47th Fighter Squadron, leading the conversion from operations to training missions; an expeditionary operations group; and served as vice commander of the 917th Wing. He held mobilization assistant assignments at Air Combat Command, Air University and Pacific Air Forces.
Among his major awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
For additional information on the ROTC program or the commissioning ceremony, contact Linda Warmsley, assistant director of recruiting and enrollment in LSU’s Department of Military Science, at 225-578-2371 or 225-578-8988.
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013