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Nine second lieutenants commissioned

May 21, 2011

Nine McDaniel graduating seniors were commissioned as Army officers at 9:30 a.m. May 21 before Commencement. The other eight members of the Green Terror Battalion from Mount St. Mary’s and Hood College were commissioned in ceremonies at their respective colleges.

Keynote speaker Lieutenant General (ret.) and McDaniel trustee Otto J. Guenther ‘63, who served in Korea and Vietnam and was the Army’s first chief information officer, encouraged the newly commissioned second lieutenants."Building relationships with the people with whom you serve and command is vital," he said. "your words and your actions are key to building trust."


Newly commissioned second lieutenants, left to right, Tyler Lewis, Stephen Sauve, Cristina Lemon, Jason O’Neil, Andrew Erickson, Colin Miller, Turner Conrad, John Lower, Thomas Boehm.

The following McDaniel seniors took the oath of office and received commissions as second lieutenants:


LTG Guenther with Thomas Boehm '11

Thomas Boehm of Sea Cliff, N.Y., Political Science and International Studies major, has been commissioned into the Army as an infantry officer, assigned to the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. Last summer, he completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash., and Cadet Troop Leader Training with an Infantry unit in Korea. He also completed Airborne School and competed on the Ranger Challenge team. During his senior year, Boehm was the battalion commander of the Green Terror Battalion.

Turner Conrad of McAllen, Texas, Biology major, has been commissioned into the Army as a medical service officer, and accepted to an Integrated Cellular & Molecular Biology Ph.D. program at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course following doctorate school. Conrad completed Air Assault School and the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash., and competed on the Ranger Challenge team. Conrad also participated on the Color Guard team and was the mentorship coordinator of the Battalion during his last year.

Andrew Erickson of Fallston, Md., Sociology major, has been commissioned into the Maryland National Guard as an infantry officer, assigned to the 175th Infantry Company in Frederick, Md. Last summer, he completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash., as well as Cadet Troop Leader Training. Erickson also competed on the Ranger Challenge team, and was the S3 in charge of operations during his senior year. He will leave for Basic Officer Leadership Course in July, followed by Ranger School.

Cristina Lemon of Taneytown, Md., Exercise Science and Physical Education major, has been commissioned into the Army as a transportation officer, assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at the Shafter/Schofield base in Hawaii. Last summer, she completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash., and was the S4 in charge of logistics during her senior year. She will leave for Basic Officer Leadership Course in August.

Tyler Lewis of Gambrills, Md., Sociology major, was commissioned in the Army as a Military Police officer. Last summer, he completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash., and was S2 in charge of intelligence during his senior year. Lewis hopes to get an internship with the U.S. Marshals or utilize his security clearance to work at Fort Meade as a security escort. He will leave for Basic Officer Leadership Course in April 2012.


Proud parents David and Betsy Lower pin bars on son John.

John Lower of Biglerville, Pa., History major, was commissioned today into the Maryland National Guard as an infantry officer, assigned to the 175th Infantry Unit in Towson, Md. Last summer, he completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash., as well as Cadet Troop Leader Training with a Special Forces unit at Fort Bragg, N.C. Lower also competed on the Ranger Challenge team, participated in the Color Guard, and was the TAC officer in charge of leadership and mentoring during his senior year. He will leave for Basic Officer Leadership Course in October, followed by Ranger School. Following officer training, Lower will apply for a job with the National Security Agency.

Colin Miller of Fairfax Station, Va., Political Science and International Studies major, was commissioned into the Maryland National Guard as an engineer officer, assigned to the 244th Engineer Company in Cumberland, Md. Last summer, he completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash., and was the assistant S4 in charge of logistics during his senior year. He will leave for Basic Officer Leadership Course in July, followed by SAPPER school, an intense engineer training school, and airborne school. He hopes to work for a think tank, a research and advocacy group.

Jason O’Neil of Keedysville, Md., Sociology major, was commissioned into the Maryland National Guard as a military police officer, assigned to the 200th Military Police unit in Catonsville, Md. In the fall, he will travel to Ft. Leonard, Mo., for the Basic Officer Leadership Course. Last summer, he completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash. He participated in the Color Guard team, and was the S1 in charge of personnel during his senior year. O’Neil hopes to become a police officer for the Department of Natural Resources.

Stephen Sauve of Annapolis, Md., Political Science and International Studies major, will be commissioned in the Maryland National Guard as an aviation officer, assigned to the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade at the Edgewood area of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Sauve was the assistant S5 in charge of plans during his senior year, and attended airborne school before his junior year. Last summer, he completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Fort Lewis, Wash., and will eventually head to Basic Officer Leadership Training for flight school in Fort Rucker, Ala. Sauve’s civilian job will be a defense contractor and systems engineer for Raytheon, a defense and aerospace systems company.

 
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