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Five McDaniel graduating seniors were commissioned as Army officers at 10 a.m. May 23 in a ceremony in Baker Memorial Chapel.
May 23, 2014

Five McDaniel graduating seniors were commissioned as Army officers at 10 a.m. May 23 in a ceremony in Baker Memorial Chapel. Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s cadets in the Green Terror Battalion were commissioned in separate ceremonies at their respective colleges.

Maryland Army National Guard Brigadier General (Retired) Annette M. Deener ’75 was the keynote speaker.Maryland Army National Guard Brigadier General (Retired) Annette M. Deener ’75 was the keynote speaker. Deener, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Art from McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland) College, was the first female student to join the college’s Rifle Team.

She worked with the Maryland Army National Guard as a medical corps officer, one of the few military careers available to women at the time, and went one to become only the second woman in the guard to earn the rank of colonel. She is the only person in the Maryland Army National Guard’s history to hold three directorate-level positions and is the first woman to serve as chief of staff of the Maryland Military Department, where she oversees nearly 1,000 full-time and more than 5,300 traditional part-time members.

Deener noted that she has seen many changes take place for women in the military throughout her military career.

“I am ecstatic today for the first time since I’ve been coming to these commissioning ceremonies to see that the women outnumbered the men,” she said.

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

Katharine Armstrong of Wilmington, Del., is a three-year ROTC scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in French.

Katharine Armstrong of Wilmington, Del., is a three-year ROTC scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in French. She participated in the color guard, serving as captain of the team her junior year. She completed the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Joint Base Lewis McChord during summer 2013. At the end of her sophomore year, she traveled to Dakar, Senegal, for the U.S. Army Cadet Commands Cultural Understanding Language Proficiency (CULP) program. She branched into the Transportation Corps in the United States Army Active Duty and will serve as the McDaniel Gold Bar Recruiter until September, when she will attend the Transportation Corps Officer Basic Course at Ft. Lee, Va. Subsequently, she will report to the 7th Transportation Brigade at Fort Eustis, Va.

 

Olivia Brundage of Westminster, Md., is a three-year Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GFRD) scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Cognitive Science.

Olivia Brundage of Westminster, Md., is a three-year Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GFRD) scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Cognitive Science. She participated in the color guard and as a simultaneous membership program (SMP) cadet with the 104th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC). She also played the bassoon in McDaniel’s orchestra, band and quintet. She traveled to Joint Base Lewis McChord and completed the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) during summer 2013. She branched into the Signal Corps in the United States Army Pennsylvania National Guard and will attend the Signal Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Ga. Subsequently, she will report to the 108th Field Artillery in Carlisle, Pa., as their S6 and will be responsible for all electronic systems.

 

Jasmine McCormick of Antioch, Calif., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Jasmine McCormick of Antioch, Calif., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. She was among seven recipients nationwide out of 5,500 total cadets to earn the prestigious Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement. She served on the Ranger Challenge Team and participated in color guard. At McDaniel, she played saxophone in the college’s Jazz Band and was a cross country, as well as indoor and outdoor track and field star placing second in the outdoor heptathlon and third in the indoor pentathlon. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, she spent summer 2013 doing research in McDaniel’s neuroscience lab before completing the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Joint Base Lewis McChord, where she earned first-place honors in physical fitness. Additionally, she attended Airborne School and Air Assault School at Fort Benning, Ga., and Cadet Troop Leader Training at Fort Bragg, N.C., where she was attached to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion. At the end of her sophomore year, she traveled to Tunisia, for the U.S. Army Cadet Commands Cultural Understanding Language Proficiency (CULP) program. She branched into Military Intelligence and will attend the Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Subsequently, she will report to Fort Hood, Texas, to join the 89th Military Police Brigade.

 

Nicholas Smith of Sykesville, Md., is a three-year ROTC scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in History.

Nicholas Smith of Sykesville, Md., is a three-year ROTC scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in History. He was awarded the George C. Marshall Award as the top senior cadet of the Green Terror Battalion. He served on the Battalion’s Ranger Challenge Team and participated in intramural soccer at McDaniel. He traveled to Joint Base Lewis McChord and completed the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) during summer 2013. Additionally, he attended Air Assault School at Fort Benning, Ga., and Drill Cadet Leader Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he was attached to the 504th Engineer Battalion. He branched into the Military Police Corps in the United States Army and will attend the Military Police Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Subsequently, he will report to the 93rd Military Police Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas.

 

Logan Yox of Finksburg, Md., is a two-and-a-half year ROTC scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies with a focus in Cognitive Science.

Logan Yox of Finksburg, Md., is a two-and-a-half year ROTC scholarship recipient graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies with a focus in Cognitive Science. He served on the Ranger Challenge Team and competed on the McDaniel wrestling team. He traveled to Joint Base Lewis McChord and completed the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) during summer 2013. He branched into the Military Police Corps and will attend the Military Police Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.  Subsequently, he will report to the 29th Military Police Company in the Maryland National Guard.

 

From l to r, Brigadier General (Retired) Annette M. Deener ’75, Logan Yox, Nicholas Smith, Jasmine McCormick, Olivia Brundage, Katharine Armstrong, Lt. Col. Eric Atherton, McDaniel President Roger Casey

L-R: Brigadier General (Retired) Annette M. Deener ’75, Logan Yox, Nicholas Smith, Jasmine McCormick, Olivia Brundage, Katharine Armstrong, Lt. Col. Eric Atherton, McDaniel President Roger Casey 

 
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