BOONE—Nineteen Appalachian State University graduates were commissioned as second lieutenants during a ceremony held May 8 in Valborg Theatre on campus.
The students will soon begin their military careers with the infantry, military intelligence, military police, engineer corps or other branches of the U.S. Army.
“Remember the oath of office that you are going to take today,” said Col. Trevor J. Bredenkamp, brigade commander of the 1st Brigade combat team, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Division at Fort Bragg.
By taking the oath of commission, the new officers swore to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against foreign and domestic enemies, to bear allegiance to the constitution and to faithfully discharge the duties of the office which they are about to enter.
“I challenge each of you to live up to that oath each and every day, because at the end of the day, that’s what our nation demands,” he said. “Serving as an officer in our Army is not easy, but that you have volunteered to join the ranks is to be commended. We exist to serve our soldiers and families. We must be compassionate about our chosen profession and remember that we are leaders 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
The new lieutenants are:
- Marcus Credle, Transportation Corps
- Paul Evans, Transportation Corps
- Logan Gaudlip, Ordnance Corps
- Evan Grainger, Infantry
- David Jackson, Air Defense Artillery
- Rebecca Johnson, Ordnance Corps
- Mary Kato, Military Intelligence
- Andrew Kowal, Infantry
- Madison Lewis, Transportation Corps
- Christian Loew, Armor
- Connor Mang, Infantry
- Abigail McLure, Ordnance Corps
- Jeffrey Morgan, Engineer Corps
- Nathan Mudford, Signal Corps
- Zachary Rideout, Transportation Corps
- Patrick Shoaff, Infantry
- Zack Toler, Military Police Corps
- James Westmoreland, Transportation Corps
- Dan Ya, Military Intelligence
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.