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LSU to Commission 21 ROTC Cadets on Thursday, May 17

05/15/2012 11:33 AM

BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, May 17, 21 of LSU's ROTC cadets and midshipmen will be commissioned at 10 a.m. in the Bo Campbell Auditorium of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.


At the ceremony, nine cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Air Force ROTC program, nine cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Army ROTC program and three LSU students will be commissioned from Southern University's Navy ROTC program.


The newly commissioned officers will be acknowledged by Lt. Col. John A. Wright, associate professor of military science, at LSU's Spring Commencement ceremony the following 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; two will train as navigators at the Pensacola Air Station in Florida; and one will train as a submarine office at the Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C. One will remain with the LSU Air Force ROTC program as a gold bar recruiter.


Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV, commandant, Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker for the LSU ROTC 2012 Spring Commissioning Ceremony. The Industrial College of the Armed Forces is the premier Department of Defense joint professional military education institution for national security resource management. The college awards its graduates a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy.


Brown was commissioned in 1980 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the Virginia Military Institute. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, as well as holding various joint and air staff positions. His joint experience includes time as the senior military assistant to the under secretary of defense for policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; the executive officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and as deputy commander of the NATO Combined Air Operations Center in Eskisehir, Turkey.


Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the deputy director for nuclear operations, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb. In this capacity, he was the principal adviser to the commander on issues pertaining to strategic deterrence and nuclear operations and was responsible for management and oversight of the nuclear enterprise overseeing personnel, procedural, equipment, communications and facility requirements supporting the nuclear command and control system. Brown is a command pilot with more than 4,300 hours, primarily in the B-1 and B-52, including combat time in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.


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.

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