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Students Completing ROTC Program Commissioned into U.S. Army

May 21, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Four students, who successfully completed the Islander Battalion ROTC program, were commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army during a ceremony held on Friday, May 17, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The ceremony included several Army traditions including the pinning on of lieutenant bars, and the silver dollar salute. These former ROTC cadets who have fulfilled all the requirements of the Islander Battalion graduated from the Island University on Saturday, May 18.

            The graduating students commissioned were:

  •  Joel Barba- Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Minor in History
  •  Martin A. Garza- Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sciences (emphasis in environmental and occupational safety)
  •  Jesus M. Pena- Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics
  •  Jerrimiah Duncan Webb- Bachelor of Science in Nursing

In addition, Barba was honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG), only the second to be awarded in Islander Battalion history since 2006. DMGs must possess outstanding qualities of leadership, high moral character, and standing in the top 10 percent of the entire national ROTC graduating class. He was presented with the U.S. Military saber for this earning this recognition.

The event also hosted guest speaker Brig. Gen. Orlando Salinas, Deputy Commanding General, United States Army South. After Salinas graduated in 1984 as a distinguished military graduate of Texas A&I-Kingsville, he began his service in the U.S. Army as a company executive officer in Fort Campbell, Ky. He joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1989, spending the next 14 years traveling around Texas.

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