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Seven second lieutenants commissioned

May 19, 2012

Seven McDaniel graduating seniors were commissioned as Army officers at 10 a.m. May 18 in a ceremony in Baker Memorial Chapel along with two members of the Green Terror Battalion from Hood College. Mount St. Mary’s cadets in the Green Terror Battalion were commissioned in a separate ceremony.

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, shared with the newly commissioned second lieutenants what he believes are key traits to be effective as an officer: integrity, communication, putting soldiers first, leading with a servant heart, and doing what’s right.

“Never ever sacrifice your integrity or do something that you are not proud of that could affect your soldiers and your nation,” he said. “You are serving your nation, but besides serving your leaders, remember your service to your subordinates. Let them know you really care about them and their well being.”

Take what you already know, learn from those you view as effective leaders, use your own personality. Then be yourself and do what’s right.”

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

Alexander J. Deily is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his B.A. degree with a major in Political Science and International Studies. During his college career, he served on the Color Guard team and, academically, traveled as a member of McDaniel College’s Harvard Model United Nations Team. Last summer, he also traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge and Cadet Troop Leader Training and was attached to the 571st Military Police Company. Deily branched into the Engineer Corps in the Army Reserves and will attend the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in July 2013. He will then report to the 244th Combat Engineer Battalion in Denver, Colo.

Bryce M. Geiman is a two-year ROTC scholarship recipient and a graduate of Messiah College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Currently, he is working on his master’s degree in Physical Education at McDaniel to be completed in December 2012. In the summer of 2010, he traveled to Fort Knox, Ky., to complete Leadership Training Course for his transfer into McDaniel ROTC program. The following summer he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Geiman is branched into Aviation in the Maryland Army National Guard, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, Edgewood, and will attend Flight School at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Jason E. Grant is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his B.A. degree with a major in Sociology. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Grant branched into the Medical Service Corps and, in July, will attend the Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Devan G. Hamric is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes her B.A. degree with a major in Political Science. During her college career, she participated in Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society, served as a member of the Color Guard, and competed on the Green Terror Tennis Team. Last summer, she traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Additionally, Hamric traveled to Fort Carson, Colo., to attend Cadet Troop Leader Training and was attached to an aviation unit. Hamric branched into the Signal Corps and, in July, she will attend the Signal Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Zachary P. Morris completes his B.A. degree with a major in Sociology. In 2010, he enlisted into the Maryland Army National Guard, where he attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Additionally, during his academic career, he drilled with HHT 1-158 Cavalry in Annapolis. Morris branched into Infantry in the Maryland Army National Guard and, in December, he will attend the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. He will then report to the 1-175th Infantry, in Frederick, Md.

Kristen S. Santos is a two-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes her B.A. degree with a major in Biology. During her college career she participated in Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society in Biology; Beta Alpha Chi, the national honor society in Music; and the Asian Community Coalition. Last summer, she traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Santos branched into the Medical Service Corps and will attend the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Stephan J. Steinberg is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who completes his B.A. degree with a major in Political Science and International Studies. During his college career, he participated in the Color Guard team, Ranger Challenge team and was president of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Additionally, he went to Fort Jackson, S.C., to attend Drill Cadet Leader Training and was attached to a Basic Training company. Steinberg branched into Armor in the Maryland Army National Guard and, in August, he will attend the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. Subsequently, he will report to Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 158th Cavalry in Cheltenham, Md.

Graduating senior Spencer W. Brown will be commissioned on June 20.

Brown is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient who will complete his B.A. degree in English. During his college career, he participated on the Color Guard team, Ranger Challenge team and served as the captain and coach for McDaniel’s Ranger Challenge Team in his senior year. Last summer, he traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., to attend Warrior Forge. Brown branched Infantry in the Maryland National Guard and, in October, he will attend the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. Subsequently, he will report to Delta Company, 1/175 Infantry Battalion in Elkton, Md.

 
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