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Eight LSU Graduates Commissioned with ROTC Programs on Dec. 13

12/14/2012 12:27 PM

BATON ROUGE – Eight LSU graduates were commissioned during the LSU Army ROTC and Southern University Naval ROTC Fall Commissioning Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 13, held at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium of the Energy, Coast and Environment Building. Retired Maj. Gen. Huntington “Hunt” Downer Jr. was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

 

Five of the graduates were from the LSU Army ROTC program and three of the graduates were LSU students who participated in Southern University's Navy ROTC program.

 

The following is a list of commissionees by program and hometown:

 

LSU Army ROTC (5):

 

Seattle, Wash. – 2nd Lt. Neal Ernest Bonrud III received a Bachelor of Science degree in history from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences with a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. Bonrud will branch with the Corps of Engineers. His first duty station is with Washington State Army National Guard in Bellingham, Wash. It is a tradition in the U.S. Army for newly commissioned officers to give a silver dollar and a first salute to a non-commissioned officer. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Herbert receives that honor from Bonrud.

 

Springfield – 2nd Lt. Justin Michael Bryson received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences with a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. Bryson will branch military intelligence. His first duty station is with the Louisiana Army National Guard with the 1/244th Aviation Battalion in Hammond. Sgt. 1st Class Thomas E. “Brusier” Bryson III received the silver dollar and first salute from his son Justin.

 

Baton Rouge – 2nd Lt. Joshua Andrew Knight received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. Knight will branch with the Corps of Engineers. His first duty station is with the Louisiana Army National Guard Headquarters’ 2225 Multi Role Bridge Company in Baton Rouge. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Herbert received the silver dollar and first salute from Knight.

 

Douglasville, Ga. – 2nd Lt. Cristy Nicole Milton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. Milton will branch Quartermaster. Her first duty station is with the Civilian Affairs Battalion in Vicenza, Italy. Navy Chief Warrant Officer Robert L. Shriver received the silver dollar and first salute from his daughter Cristy.

 

Dallas, Texas – 2nd Lt. John Patrick Navarro received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering and a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. Navarro will branch Quartermaster. His first duty station is with the Louisiana Army National Guard in Baton Rouge. John Navarro III received the silver dollar and first salute from his son John.

 

Southern University Navy ROTC (3):

 

Alexandria, Va. – Ensign Nicole A. Gailliot received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences. Gailliot will be commissioned in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer. Her first duty station is on the USS Jason Dunham in Norfolk, Va.

 

Orange, Texas – Ensign Phillip A. Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture business and a minor in business administration from the College of Agriculture. Taylor will be commissioned in the United States Navy as an aviator. His first assignment is at the Naval Aviation School Command in Pensacola, Fla.

 

Covington – 2nd Lt. Kaitlin M. Nickelotte received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Nickelotte will be commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. Her first assignment is in Quantico, Va., at The Basic School.

 

For additional information on the LSU Army and Air Force ROTC programs or the Southern University Naval ROTC program, contact Linda Warmsley, assistant director of recruiting and enrollment in LSU's Department of Military Science, at lwarms1@lsu.edu or 225-578-3567 or 225-578-2371.

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