ROTC Cadets Commissioned as Part of Fall Commencement Exercises

12/15/2017
BATON ROUGE – Ten graduates were recognized during LSU’s fall commissioning ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. LSU alumnus Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Bossetta, assistant adjutant general Louisiana Army National Guard, served as keynote speaker for the ceremony.

Four LSU graduates from the Army ROTC program were commissioned. Three LSU students, who participated in Southern University’s Navy ROTC program, were also commissioned. In addition, three graduates from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that took part in LSU’s Army ROTC program were commissioned.

LSU ARMY ROTC:
Crowley, La. – 2nd Lieutenant Ashley Nicole Wright received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies with a concentration in global diplomacy and minors in Arabic, sociology and professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.  Wright commissions in the United States Army Reserve. Her 2nd Lieutenant rank was pinned by her parents, Robert and Teresa Wright. After completing the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, her first duty assignment will be with the 769th Brigade Engineer Battalion in Lafayette, La., with Louisiana National Guard. 2nd Lieutenant Wright received her first salute from Chief Warrant Officer 2, Ryan Martin, of the Army National Guard.

Ragley, La. – 2nd Lieutenant Mason Grant Mayeaux received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a concentration in economic analysis from E. J. Ourso College of Business. Mayeaux commissions in the United States Army Reserve.  His 2nd Lieutenant rank was pinned by his parents, Grady and Tracy Mayeaux. After completing the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, his first duty assignment will be with the Army Reserve Military Intelligence Unit in San Antonio, Texas. He received his first salute from Army Sgt. (RET) Gregg Kellogg. Additionally, during his tenure in San Antonio, Mayeaux will initiate graduate studies in business administration.

Chicago, Ill. – 2nd Lieutenant Zachary Aaron Lederman will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with a concentration in professional sales from the E. J. Ourso College of Business and a minor in professional leadership development. Lederman commissions in the United States Army Reserve. After graduating from LSU and completing the Medical Services Basic Officer Leader Course in Fort Sam, Houston, his first duty assignment will be with the 330th Medical Brigade in Fort Sheridan, Ill. Lederman’s 2nd Lieutenant rank was pinned by his parents, Barry and Wendy Lederman. He received his first salute from Master Sgt. Daniel A. Rhoads.

League City, Texas – 2nd Lieutenant Matthew Alan Kinsey received a Bachelor of Science degree in management with a concentration in business management from the E. J. Ourso College of Business. After graduating from LSU and as an active duty officer, Kinsey will attend the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Course in Fort Lee, Va. Kinsey’s bars were pinned by his mother and brother, Heather and Chris Kinsey. Kinsey received his first salute from his father, Corp. (Ret) Todd Kinsey.

 

NAVY ROTC:
Houston, Texas – Ensign Dmitri Arnell Baldwin receivef a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminology from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Baldwin commissions in the United States Navy as an active duty officer. Her Ensign rank was uncovered by her parents, Donald and Kimberly Denman. After completing the Basic Division Officer Course at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, Calif., she will serve as an Ensign with the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 29) in San Diego. Baldwin received her first salute from her mentor Gunnery Sgt. (RET) Fabian Purvis of the United States Marine Corps.

Long Beach, Miss. – Ensign Kyle Arron Watros received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering. Watros commissions in the United States Navy as an active duty officer. His Ensign rank was uncovered by his parents, Jason Watros, Jennifer Dean (mother) and Jennifer Watros (stepmother). After completing Naval Flight School, Naval Air Station Watros received his first salute as Ensign Watros from United State Navy Senior Chief (RET) Joseph Yott.

Pine Bluff, Ark. – Ensign Juana’ Rochell Boone received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the College of Science. Boone commissions in the United States Navy as an active duty officer. Her Ensign rank was uncovered by her parents, Anthony Boone and Cassandra Cosen. Boone’s first duty assignment is on the USS Princeton in San Diego, Calif. Boone received her first salute from her high school Naval JROTC instructor, Master Chief (RET) Frederick Martin, United States Navy.

 

ULL Army ROTC:
Shreveport, La. – 2nd Lieutenant Lane Vincent Falcon received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Falcon commissions in the United States Army as an active duty Officer. His 2nd Lieutenant rank was pinned by his mother, Melanie Falcon. Upon completion of the Medical Services Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sam Houston in Houston, Texas, he reports on active duty as an army nurse. 2nd Lieutenant Falcon received his first salute from his Great Uncle, Specialist-5 (RET) Richard Dudley, United States Army.

Kinder, La. – 2nd Lieutenant Stone David Labuff received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Labuff commissions in the United States Army as an active duty officer. His 2nd Lieutenant rank was pinned by his parents, Michael and Kristina Labuff.  Upon completion of the Medical Services Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sam Houston in Houston, Texas, he reports on active duty as an army nurse.  2nd Lieutenant Labuff received his first salute from LSU Senior Military Instructor, Master Sgt. Andrew Anspach.

Girardeau, Mo. – 2nd Lieutenant Patrick Maurice Williamson received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Williamson commissions in the United States Army as an Active Duty Officer. His 2nd Lieutenant rank was pinned by his uncle, Thomas Drummond and his grandmother Carol Drummond. Upon completion of the Medical Services Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sam Houston in Houston, Texas, he reports on active duty as an army nurse.  2nd Lieutenant Williamson received his first salute from his grandfather First Sgt. (RET) Thomas Drummond.

 

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