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Two LSU Graduates to be Commissioned with LSU Army ROTC on Thursday, Dec. 19

12/18/2013 01:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – Two students projected to graduate at LSU’s fall commencement exercises will be commissioned through the LSU Army ROTC program during the Fall Commissioning Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. These cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army before receiving their degrees during fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 20.

Col. Stuart N. Burruss will be the guest speaker at the ceremony. A Tennessee native, Burruss served four years as an Infantryman in the Marine Corps Reserve’s 1st and 3d Battalions, 23rd Regiment, 4th Division from 1984 to 1988.  He completed Basic Combat Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and Infantry Training School in Camp Pendleton, Calif.  He was commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1989 as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master of Arts in human resources management from American Military University.  

Burruss has served in a variety of command and staff assignments within the 225th Engineer Brigade and the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, to include Commander, 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion from 2008 – 2011.  He is currently serving on the Louisiana National Guard Joint Staff as the director of military support in Baton Rouge.

His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the US. Army Command and General Staff College, and is currently completing the 2014 Army War College distance education program for a master’s degree in strategic studies.

Burruss’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with one bronze star, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with mobilization device and silver hour glass. Burruss wears the Combat Action Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Bronze). He and his wife, Aimee, live with their three children in Carville, La.

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 or 225-578-3567 or 225-578-2371.