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ROTC cadets receive Army commissions

May 24, 2013

Nine McDaniel graduating seniors were commissioned as Army officers at 10 a.m. May 24 in a ceremony in Baker Memorial Chapel. Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s cadets in the Green Terror Battalion were commissioned at separate ceremonies.

Keynote speaker Major General and McDaniel parent James V. Young, Jr., a citizen soldier who serves as Chief of Staff for the Army Reserve, told the newly commissioned second lieutenants that their Army service will define their lives and advised them to share their burdens with their troops, have an open mind, be in shape and be constantly introspective.

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

 

Marcus A. Carter

Marcus A. Carter of Greenbelt, Md., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his bachelor’s degree with a major in Environmental Policy. During his college career, he participated in Ranger Challenge and varsity wrestling. During the summer after his junior year, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Cadet Carter branched into the Ordnance Corps and, in July, will attend the Ordnance Corps Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Va. Subsequently, he will report to the 818th Maintenance Company in Fort Meade, Md.

 

Joy R. Chand

Joy R. Chand of Frederick, Md., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes her bachelor’s degree with a major in Sociology. During her college career, she participated on the Ranger Challenge team, was a captain on both the McDaniel cross country and track and field teams, and was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta and the Trumpeters. After her sophomore year, she attended the Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., where she received her Parachutist badge. During the summer after her junior year, she traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Additionally, she went to Fort Bragg, N.C., to attend Cadet Troop Leader Training and was attached to a Quartermaster unit. Cadet Chand branched into the Quartermaster Corps and will attend the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Va., in June. Subsequently, she will report to Fort Bragg, N.C., and be a part of the 82nd Airborne Division.

 

Kyle J. Connor

Kyle J. Connor of Mount Airy, Md., is four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his bachelor’s degree with a major in Political Science and minor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. During his college career, he participated on the Color Guard team, served as captain of the Ranger Challenge team, represented McDaniel College in Annapolis during the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) Day event, and has attended multiple Arab Embassy visits. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Jackson, S.C., to attend Drill Cadet Leader Training and to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Cadet Connor branched into the Infantry and will attend Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga.

 

Jerry W. Dixon, III

Jerry W. Dixon, III, of Finksburg, Md., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his bachelor’s degree with a major in History. During his college career he participated on the Color Guard and Ranger Challenge teams. After his freshman year, he attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., where he received his Parachutist Badge. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Bliss, Texas, to attend Cadet Troop Leader Training with the 3-41 Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division, and Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Cadet Dixon branched into the Infantry and will attend the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga., in January 2014. Subsequently, he will report to Fort Bragg, N.C.

 

Cody W. Fields

Cody W. Fields of New York, N.Y., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his bachelor’s degree with a major in Sociology. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. In July, Cadet Fields will attend the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Okla. Cadet Fields will also be attending the Montgomery County, Md., Police Academy following his return from the Basic Officer Leadership Course.

 

Jacob P. Hale

Jacob P. Hale of Towson, Md., is four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his bachelor’s degree with a major in History. During his college career he participated on the Color Guard and Ranger Challenge teams. Last year, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Additionally, throughout his studies at McDaniel, he drilled with the 253rd Engineer Company (Sapper), Maryland Army National Guard in La Plata, Md. Cadet Hale branched into the Infantry in the Army National Guard and, in August, he will attend the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. Subsequently, he will report to the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, in Duncansville, Pa.

 

Robert S. Kapp

Robert S. Kapp of Westminster, Md., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology. During his college career, he served on the executive board of the Student Government Association, and is a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Cadet Kapp branched into the Medical Service Corps and, in July, will attend the Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Subsequently, he will report to Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 158th Cavalry, in Annapolis, Md. He currently plans to serve as a Department of Natural Resources policeman upon his return from the Basic Officer Leadership Course.

 

Ashley E. Meister

Ashley E. Meister of Vienna, Va., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes her bachelor’s degree with majors in accounting Economics and Business Administration. During her college career, she participated on the softball and track and field teams, as well as the Green Terror Battalion Color Guard Team. Last summer, she traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Cadet Meister branched into the Quartermaster Corps in the Maryland Army National Guard and will attend the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Va., in July. Subsequently, she will report to the 1100th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

 

James V. Young III
James V. Young, III, with his father, Major General James V. Young, Jr., keynote speaker

James V. Young, III of Fairfax Station, Va., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his bachelor’s degree with a major in Environmental Science with a specialization in policy and management. During his college career, he was a member of the wrestling and Ranger Challenge teams. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Additionally, he went to Pyeongtaek, South Korea, to attend Cadet Troop Leader Training and was attached to the 532nd Military Intelligence Company. Cadet Young branched into the Military Intelligence Corps in the United States Army Reserve and, in July, will attend the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Subsequently, he will report to the 232nd Military Intelligence Battalion in Hanover, Md.

 


Front row, l.-r. James V. Young II, Kyle J. Connor, Cody W. Fields, Jacob Hale
Back row, l.-r. McDaniel President Roger Casey, Lt. Col. Paul Jackson, Joy R. Chand, Marcus A. Carter, Robert S. Kapp, Jerry W. Dixon III, Ashley E. Meister, MSG Brendon Hollingsworth

 
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