Thirteen ROTC cadets commissioned as Army officers
Thirteen McDaniel graduating students, who served as members of the Green Terror Battalion, received commissions as Army officers on May 19. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was retired Maj. Gen. Michael O’Guinn, who served as the deputy chief of the Army Reserve in Washington, D.C., and currently teaches Business courses at Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Thirteen graduating students from McDaniel, who served as members of the Green Terror Battalion, were commissioned as Army officers at 10 a.m. May 19 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 13 new second lieutenants.
"You graduate with an unparalleled foundation in high-powered leadership skills, grounded in an empowering liberal arts education. Your creativity, resilience, and ability to embrace an ever-changing world will take you far in life. I can't wait to see how you shape the world through your leadership and to hear your stories when you return to the Hill as alumni," she said.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was retired Maj. Gen. Michael O’Guinn, who served as the deputy chief of the Army Reserve in Washington, D.C., and currently teaches Business courses at Mount Saint Mary’s University.
O’Guinn, who had a 35-year military career in a variety of leadership positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, shared his insights on the necessities for being a leader and a professional officer.
"Those gold bars are inexpensive and lightweight ... until you put them on. I can't state the weight and responsibility you are about to take on," he said. "You'll be presented with a lot of opportunities, and some of them will have great potential for you, even if they don't seem that way at first."
Michael James Bromley 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.