CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted its Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony on Friday, May 15, at the Harte Research Institute. The ceremony marked the graduating cadets’ attainment of the officer rank of Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
The three cadets commissioned were Dominic Cavallini, Christian Reyes, and Brittany Wilcut, and all participated in spring Commencement on May 16.
The commissioning ceremony included the pinning of the lieutenants’ bars by the soldiers’ loved ones, and the Silver Dollar Salute, an Army tradition in which 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.
“It’s incredible. You work so hard all these years during college, and then you get commissioned,” said Reyes. “I plan to be in the Army for 20 years or more.” Reyes said serving as both Battalion Commander and Commanding Officer of the Cadet Club during his senior year offered him great managerial experience, and taught him how to better run an organization.
Reyes graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise Science, and a minor in Military Science. Reyes plans to attend the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course, followed by U.S. Army Ranger School. He plans to return to A&M-Corpus Christi in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology.
Brittany Wilcut graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Post-graduation, she plans to take a position in the 328th Human Resources Company in San Antonio. She plans to become a Reserves Officer and attend graduate school to become a physician assistant.
Dominic Cavallini graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and will commission into the Chemical Corps.
Guest speaker was Colonel Ricardo Morales, Commander, 5th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command. Morales is responsible for cadre and cadet development for Army ROTC programs and JROTC programs across eight states, including Texas.
“This is not an end, this is the beginning,” Morales said about Friday’s commissioning. “This is the start of a great adventure.”