Sixteen ROTC Cadets Commissioned as Part of Spring Commencement Exercises

05/12/2016
BATON ROUGE – Sixteen LSU graduates were recognized during the LSU Spring Commissioning Ceremony on Thursday, May 12, in the Union Theater. Lt. Gen. Terry L. Gabreski, vice commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, was the guest speaker for the ceremony and gave the commissioning oath.

Six graduates from the LSU Army ROTC program and six graduates from the LSU Air Force ROTC program were commissioned. In addition, four LSU students who participated in Southern University’s Navy ROTC program will be commissioned at a ceremony at Southern.

These students will receive their degrees on Friday, May 13, during LSU’s 289th commencement exercises.

LSU ARMY ROTC:

Denham Springs, La. – 2nd Lt. Stephen Thomas Gancarcik Jr. will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering with a minor in professional leadership development. After graduating from LSU, Gancarcik reports to Fort Rucker in Alabama to train as a pilot. After completion of Aviation training Gancarcik first duty station is with the First 244th Aviation Helicopter Battalion with the Louisiana National Guard. Gancarcik received his first military salute from Sgt. First Class Michael Walker.

Mandeville, La. – 2nd Lt. Nolan Anthony Knight will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the E. J. Ourso College of Business with a minor in professional leadership development. After graduating from LSU, Knight will branch Quarter Master Corps. Knight’s first duty station is with the Texas Army Reserve in Houston, Texas. Knight received his first salute from Army Staff Sgt. Russell Daumer.

Prairieville, La. – 2nd Lt. Wesley Garrett Bertolet will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from the College of Engineering with minors in professional leadership development and business administration. After graduating from LSU and completing branch military training, Bertolet will serve with the 922nd Corps of Engineer in the Louisiana Army National Guard. Bertolet received his first military salute from Sgt. First Class Michael Walker.

Hereford, Ariz. – 2nd Lt. Lisa Marie Lewis will receive a Master of Social Work degree from the College of Human Sciences & Education. Lewis will branch Medical Service Corps. After graduating from LSU, Lewis reports to Fort Sam Houston Texas for branch training. Lewis received her first military salute from her husband, Sgt. First Class Spencer Lewis, United States Army.

Atlanta, Ga. – 2nd Lt. Sebastian BenCarlos Sans will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences with a minor in professional leadership development. Sans will branch Infantry. After graduating from LSU, Sans reports to Fort Benning Georgia for Infantry training. His first duty station is in Kentucky at Fort Campbell. Sans received his first military salute from Sgt. (retired) Tony Sans.

Gaithersburg, Md. – 2nd Lt. Courtney Stephan Edwards will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in sports administration with a concentration in sports leadership development and a minor in professional leadership development. After graduation, Edwards reports to the United States Army Engineer School in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Upon completion of military training, Edwards will serve with the Louisiana Army National Guard. Edwards received his first military salute from his father, Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Edwards

 

AIR FORCE ROTC:

Braithwaite, La. – 2nd Lt. James Blake Gegenheimer will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering. Gegenheimer will train as a developmental engineer officer at Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gegenheimer received his first military salute from Chief Petty Officer (retired) Terry Necaise, United States Navy.

Covington, La. – 2nd Lt. Griffin Patrick McDonald will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the College of Science with a minor in aerospace studies. After graduating from LSU, McDonald reports to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to train in the Undergraduate Missile Training program. McDonald received his first military salute from his stepfather, Sgt. (retired) Roy J. Busiere, United States Army.

Atlanta, Ga. – 2nd Lieutenant Contessa Terry Ann Monroe will receive a Juris Doctor and graduate diploma in comparative law from LSU Paul M.  Hebert Law Center during the LSU Law School’s commencement on Friday, May 27 . Monroe received her first military salute from her father, 1st St. (retired) Clifton Monroe, United States Army.

Dayton, Ohio – 2nd Lt. Michael James Cahill will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Cahill will train in undergraduate missile training at Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. Cahill received his first Air Force salute from Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Kreis, United States Navy.

Houston, Texas – 2nd Lt. Ashley Nicole Bacon will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the College of Science with minors in business administration and aerospace studies. After graduation, Bacon reports to Robins Air Force Base in Macon, Ga., as a logistics readiness officer. Bacon received her first Air Force salute from her brother, U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas Mega.

Fort Worth, Texas – 2nd Lt. Roberto Rayas Duran will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Duran reports to Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., to train as a United States Air Force pilot. Duran received his first military salute from his high school Junior ROTC instructor, 1st Sgt. (retired) Ronald Moore, United States Army.

NAVY ROTC:

Metairie, La. – Ensign Stephen McCormack Capella will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering. Capella will commission through the Southern University Naval ROTC Program. After graduating from LSU, Capella reports to the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C., to train as a submarine warfare officer.

Long Beach, Miss. – Ensign Joseph Peter Yott III will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in coastal and environmental science with a concentration in applied coastal environmental science from the College of the Coast & Environment. Yott will commission through the Southern University Naval ROTC Program. After graduating from LSU, Ensign Yott reports to USS Jason Dunn (DDG 109) in Norfolk, Va., to train as a surface warfare officer.

Tomball, Texas – Ensign James Austin-Harvie Whittlesey will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in agricultural business from the College of Agriculture. Whittlesey will commission through the Southern University Naval ROTC Program. After graduating from LSU, Capella reports to the USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) in Mayport, Fla., to train as a surface warfare officer.

Stafford, Va. – 2nd Lt. Luke Adam Boyd will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management with minors in technical sales and business administration. Boyd will commission through the Southern University Naval ROTC program. After graduating from LSU, Boyd reports to the Marine Corps Officer Basic School in Quantico, Va.

 

For additional information on the ROTC program, contact Linda Warmsley, director of academic affairs and student development and ROTC programs housing liaison in LSU’s Department of Military Science, at 225-578-2371 or 225-578-8988.

 

 

Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations
225-578-5685
eballa1@lsu.edu