Five LSU Students to be Commissioned on Thursday, Aug. 2
BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, Aug. 2, five of LSU's ROTC cadets will be commissioned at 10 a.m. at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast and Environment Building. At the ceremony, the five cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Army ROTC program.
Louisiana National Guard Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, the adjutant general for the state of Louisiana, will be the guest speaker for the LSU ROTC 2012 Summer Commissioning Ceremony. Appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Curtis assumed command in a ceremony on Dec. 10, 2011, at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. In his role as adjutant general, the LSU alumnus is responsible for the deployment and coordination of programs, policies and plans affecting the more than 11,500 members of the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard.
Before attending LSU, Curtis had enlisted in the Louisiana National Guard, joining the service in March 1982 and being commissioned through the Louisiana National Guard Officer Candidate School as a second lieutenant in August 1984. Then, in May 1986, Curtis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from LSU.
Throughout his nearly 30-year military career, Curtis has steadily moved up the ranks and was most recently promoted to brigadier general in November 2007. He has also held various positions of increasing responsibility from platoon leader to construction officer to commander to executive officer. In December 2004, he was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as the chief of staff for the purchasing and contracting officer in Baghdad, Iraq. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, he was assigned as the chief of the joint staff for the Joint Force Headquarters – Louisiana, where he served until being appointed the adjutant general.
Among Curtis’s many awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with one silver and two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with one bronze Service Star, Louisiana Legion of Merit and Louisiana Commendation Medal.
Curtis has kept his connection to LSU through the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, where he serves on the organization’s board of directors. On Nov. 14, 2009, he was one of 11 LSU alumni inducted into the LSU military Hall of Honor during the annual LSU Salutes ceremony.
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. For more information on Curtis, read "LSU Alumnus Protects Louisiana as Commander of the Louisiana National Guard" at www.lsu.edu/departments/gold/2012/07/onguard.