BOONE—It was a special day for eight Appalachian State University students. They were commissioned Aug. 7 as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
“Nothing is quite as satisfying as a career of service for someone else or some cause greater than you,” Command Sergeant Major Seth Mabus told the new officers. Mabus is the command sergeant major of the 8th Military Information Support Group. “Be extremely proud of what you have accomplished,” he said.
The newly commissioned officers are:
- Jacob Bradshaw, a criminal justice graduate and a member of the N.C. National Guard, branched to the Military Police
- Brook Browne, a criminal justice graduate and a member of the N.C. National Guard, branched to the Quarter Master
- Laura Clabbatz Penley, a nutrition and foods graduate and member of the N.C. National Guard, branched to the Medical Services
- Cory Mabus, a construction management graduate and a member of the N.C. National Guard, branched to the Infantry
- Brandon Mourier, a criminal justice graduate and a member of the Army Reserves, branched to the Military Police
- Jacob Nance, a construction management graduate and member of the Army Reserves, branched to the Infantry
- Jeremy Nixon, an accounting graduate and member of the N.C. Army National Guard, branch unassigned
- Michael Zuber, a criminal justice major and member of the N.C. Army National Guard, branched to the Infantry
About Appalachian State University
As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The 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 to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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