Five New Army Officers Commissioned at Islander Battalion Commissioning Ceremony on Aug. 8

August 14, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Army ROTC Islander Battalion at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held its Commissioning Ceremony on August 8 at the Woo Sung Lee Alumni Center.

This ceremony marked the transition of graduating ROTC students from cadets to enlisted officers. Each was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

The following cadets were commissioned:

  • Robert Burroughs, Kinesiology
  • Matthew Daniels, Accounting
  • Kara Johnson, Nursing
  • Kiersten Owens, Psychology
  • Stephen Patrick Ramirez, Kinesiology

Following in his older brother’s footsteps, Robert Burroughs is thrilled to have reached this milestone.

“My brother taught me everything I need to know about the military,” said Burroughs. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. I won’t hesitate if I am called to battle. I joined the Army to defend this country and will do so as I am told.”

The ceremony includes the pinning of lieutenants' bars by the soldiers' loved ones, and the Silver Dollar Salute, an Army tradition where newly commissioned second lieutenants present a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes them. The coin symbolically acknowledges the receipt of respect due the new rank and position. The ceremony also featured guest speaker Sgt. Major Martin Dickinson, a native of Detroit, Mich., and highly-decorated soldier who entered the U.S. Army in August 1983.