Fourteen second lieutenants commissioned
Keynote speaker Brig. Gen. James Adkins, adjutant general for the Maryland National Guard, encouraged the newly commissioned second lieutenants.
“The soldiers of the World War II have come to be known as the Greatest Generation, Today, I challenge that notion,” Adkins said. “As soldiers and commissioning lieutenants, you are joining a military that is smarter, and more educated than generations of the past. I challenge you to continue to learn, train and improve the life of the soldiers you lead and their families.”
Also in attendance at the 90th Commissioning Ceremony were Brig. Gens. Annette M. Deener and Peter Hinz. Deener, a graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) who earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts in 1975, is the Director of Joint Force Headquarters Staff, Maryland National Guard. Hinz is chief of staff of the Maryland Military Department and has been selected by Gov. Martin O’Malley to become the next adjutant general for the Army National Guard.
The following McDaniel seniors took the oath of office and received commissions as second lieutenants:
Arturo Abreu, a Political Science and International Studies major, has been commissioned into the Maryland National Guard as a transportation officer, assigned to the 1229th Transportation Company at Cade Armory. His goal is to work in the government sector in the field of transportation or logistics. Last summer, he completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash. In 2008, he enrolled in the Simultaneous Membership Program with the Maryland Army National Guard.
Tyler Bilohlavek, a dual major in History and Political Science, attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., after his freshman year and earned his Basic Parachutist Wings. He also participated on the Ranger Challenge and on the Color Guard team. Last summer, he attended Warrior Forge at Fort Lewis, Wash. He finished near the top of his regiment and earned the RECONDO Badge. He entered his senior year as the battalion operations officer. A Distinguished Military Graduate from the College will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Knox, Ky.
Jamie Latham, a Political Science major, will join the Transportation Corps. At McDaniel, she participated on the swim team, became captain of the tennis team and played intramural volleyball. She also joined Alpha Nu Omega. During her sophomore year, she attended Army Airborne School, where she completed all five jumps and was awarded her Basic Airborne Wings. During her junior year, she completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Course.
Jesse Nagle, a Sociology major with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science, joined ROTC and the Maryland Army National Guard after completing the Leadership Training Course in July 2008 at Ft. Knox, Ky. He began drilling with the 110th Field Artillery Battalion in Westminster. Jesse completed Warrior Forge with the 3rd Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash., and after returning to campus he became the Green Terror Battalion XO and drilled with his new unit, the 58th MP Detachment in Hagerstown. He is returning to his home state of New Jersey to become a platoon leader with the 42nd Military Police Detachment, 50th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard.
Alexander Ryan, a Political Science and International Studies major, completed Warrior Forge last summer in Fort Lewis, Wash. He then attended Cadet Troop Leader Training in Fort Sill, Okla. While in CTLT, he was attached to a field artillery unit and branched into Signal Corps. This summer, he will return to Warrior Forge as a cadre member and then go to Fort Gordon, Ga., for Signal Corps Officer Basic Course in October.
Eric Shifflett, a Political Science major with a concentration in International Studies, enlisted through the Simultaneous Membership Program with the Maryland Army National Guard, which allowed him to attend drills with the 200th Military Police Company in Catonsville for the past two years. Shifflett will join the 200th Military Police Company, Maryland Army National Guard and plans to pursue a civilian career in law enforcement.
Garrett Sowers, a Communication major, has been a part of the Simultaneous Membership Program in the Maryland Army National Guard. He will be assigned to HHT 1-58th Calvary, MDARNG. His Basic Officer Leadership training will focus on the military branch of Signal Corps at Fort Gordon, Ga.