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Islander Battalion Cadet, Lee Obie, Commissioned Into U.S. Army

December 20, 2013

ROTC ceremony

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student who has successfully completed the Islander Battalion ROTC program, Lee R. Obie, was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. into the U.S. Army during a pinning ceremony held Friday, Dec. 20, at the Harte Research Institute.

During the ceremony, several Army traditions were performed, including the pinning of lieutenant bars by Obie’s family members, and the silver dollar salute given by retired Master Sgt. George Abrams. Obie will graduate Saturday, Dec. 21, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

“Without the love, support, and hard work of my family, friends, and professors, these last two years wouldn’t be possible,” said Obie. “Thank you to everyone who stuck around.”

The former ROTC cadet has fulfilled all the requirements of the Islander Battalion and commissioned into the Army Reserves as an Army Medical Service Officer. The Islander Battalion has commissioned about 150 cadets since its creation on campus in 2006.

The guest speaker for the ceremony was Lt. Col. Gerald Avila, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi ROTC Professor of Military Science and Adjutant General Officer in the U.S. Army.

“The Islander Battalion has been leading the way in training leaders for the U.S. Army since 2006,” said Avila.

This commissioning ceremony was Lt. Col. Avila’s last after 25 years of service. His awards during his military career include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, NATO Metal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and three Meritorious Unit Commendations.

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