Six ROTC cadets commissioned as Army officers
Six McDaniel graduating seniors, who served as members of the Green Terror Battalion, received commissions as Army officers on May 20. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Antonio V. Munera, commanding general of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Six graduating seniors from McDaniel, who served as members of the Green Terror Battalion, were commissioned as Army officers at 3 p.m. May 20 in a ceremony in Baker Memorial Chapel. Cadets from Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College were commissioned in separate ceremonies.
McDaniel President Julia Jasken shared opening remarks, thanking veterans in the audience and congratulating the six new lieutenants. "The Green Terror Battalion has commissioned more lieutenants than the state's flagship university, and we're very proud of that," she added.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Antonio V. Munera, commanding general of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Munera, who has had a 31-year military career, shared his insights on how to be a successful leader. "I know you don't realize it yet, but the foundational education you received at McDaniel College and in your ROTC leadership training will serve you very well in life," he said. "It will serve you well in and outside of the military and will add grit and hard work to what you do in the future, and that's coming from someone who also graduated from a small college."
Drew Everett Jeffries was recognized with the Lieutenant General (R) Otto Guenther Leadership Award, which annually goes to the commissioning cadet who best exemplifies the character, morals, leadership, and lifelong dedication demonstrated by the late Otto Guenther, a 1963 alumnus and former chair of McDaniel’s Board of Trustees, both to the U.S. Army and to his alma mater.