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Twelve Second Lieutenants Commissioned

May 27, 2008

Eight McDaniel graduating seniors, along with four seniors from Mount St. Mary’s, were commissioned as Army officers at 8:30 a.m. May 24 prior to commencement. The students are part of the Green Terror Battalion, which also includes students from Hood College. Keynote speaker Colonel Paul L. Alberti Jr., who works for the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, gave the second lieutenants some good advice.

“Your bars alone do not make you a leader,” Alberti said. “Remember to be students of your profession…wherever you go take care of your soldiers and never stop learning. Read widely, study, ask questions, and learn about the people and cultures of the places where you will serve.”

The following seniors took the oath of office and received commissions as follows:

Alexander Becker, a McDaniel graduate, has served in the Green Terror battalion since September 2004 in positions including squad leader, platoon sergeant, 1st Sergeant and currently the S-1. Becker is being commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer and has been assigned to the 82nd Airborne in Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Michael Bindas, a McDaniel graduate, has served in the Green Terror Battalion since 2004 as squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader, and is currently the S-3. Bindas is being commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Florida Army National Guard and will be assigned to the 260th Military Intelligence Battalion in Miami, Fla.

Thomas Butts joined the Army January 2000. After completing AIT and basic airborne training, he served in the 16th Military Police Brigade (ABN) at Ft. Bragg, N.C. After serving as an enlisted soldier for 5 1/2 years, he enrolled in the ROTC program at McDaniel College. While at McDaniel, Butts performed duties as squad leader, battalion CSM and battalion commander. Butts is being commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer in the Maryland Army National Guard and intends to counsel soldiers suffering with PTSD.

Shane Crowl, a Mount St. Mary’s graduate, enrolled in ROTC as a sophomore in the fall of 2005. During his senior year, he acted as the assistance S-4 at Mount St Mary’s University and Hood College. Upon graduation, he will attend Basic Officer Leadership Course at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. He then returns and becomes a medical platoon leader for the 224th Area Support Medical Company located in Laurel, Md.

Jason Dunbar, a McDaniel graduate, enlisted in the Army in September 2001 and has been deployed to Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Dunbar separated from the Army in 2005 at the rank of Sergeant in order to pursue a college degree. In late 2006, he earned a two-year ROTC scholarship to attend McDaniel College and serve in the Green Terror Battalion.

James Edie enlisted in the Army reserves in 2002 and enrolled as a freshman at Mount St. Mary’s University in the fall of 2004. He will complete his Basic Officer training at Aberdeen Proving Ground and then be assigned as a platoon leader with the Company B 729th Brigade Support Battalion.

John French, a McDaniel graduate, enrolled in ROTC as a freshman in the fall of 2004. He has served as squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader and is currently the S-5. He is being ommissioned into the Chemical Corps and will be attending the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., before going to his first duty station with the 3rd Infantry Division at Ft Stewart, Ga.

Jesse Green, a McDaniel graduate, enrolled in ROTC as a junior in the fall of 2006 and served as the Battalion S-4 for both the fall and spring semester of 2007-2008. He is being commissioned into the Signal Corps and will be attending Basic Officer Leadership Course II at Ft Sill, Okla., in the fall of 2008. Upon completion of the Signal Officer Basic Course at Ft. Gordon, Ga., he will be assigned to 1st Detachment, Special Troops Battalion, Maryland Army National Guard.

Anna Lebo, a Mount St. Mary’s graduate, enrolled in ROTC as a freshman in the fall of 2004 and contracted in the fall of 2005. Lebo served as the Battalion Deputy Commanding Officer of the Green Terror Battalion. She is being commissioned into the Chemical Corps and will be attending the Officers Basic Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Her first duty station will be with the 12 Combat Aviation Brigade I in Germany.

Matthew Litvinas enrolled in ROTC through Mount St. Mary’s in the fall of 2004 and has served as team leader, platoon sergeant, squad leader and is currently the S-4. Litvinas is being commissioned in to the Aviation branch and will be attending fight school in Ft. Rucker, Ala., next summer.

Christian Maisel, a McDaniel graduate, enrolled in ROTC during his freshman year. In his sophomore year, he joined the 2/100th Field Artillery of the Maryland Army National Guard. During his senior year, he served as the Peer Mentor Coordinator on and off campus. Maisel is being commissioned as an Artillery officer in the Maryland Army National Guard.

Also honored with a Meritorious Service Medal was MSG Alonzo Perry, instructor in Military Science, who has been reassigned to Ft. Riley, Kansas.