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Islander Battalion Cadets Transition to Second Lieutenant Rank during Commissioning Ceremony

May 23, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Six new officers were commissioned into the U.S. Army during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Army ROTC Islander Battalion spring 2016 Commissioning Ceremony held May 13. The ceremony marked the transition of graduating ROTC students from Cadets to Second Lieutenants in the United States Army.

“It’s a proud moment in any current or future officer’s life to watch individuals join the fraternity of the officer core. It’s a joyful experience,” said Capt. Douglas Cruise, Assistant Professor of Military Science. “It brings back memories from when I was commissioned into the Army nine years ago.”

The ceremony, held in the University Center, included the pinning of lieutenant bars by the officer’s loved ones and the Silver Dollar Salute, a military tradition in which newly-commissioned officers present a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes them. The coin symbolically acknowledges the receipt of respect that is due to the newly-commissioned officer.

One of those offices being commissioned was 2nd Lieutenant Jose Baldwin. Balwin had been in the Army for 10 years before coming to the Island University.

 “I was working at NAS Corpus Christi as a production engineer, when suddenly one day, I had this fire to become an officer,” said Baldwin. “After talking to a recruitment officer here at the University, I decided to go back to school and join the ROTC at the same time.”

The following cadets were commissioned:

  • Nathan Aranda
  • Jose G. Baldwin
  • Reed L. Bell
  • Michael T. Pernell
  • Ryan A. Peter
  • Weldon ‘Trey’ L. Weber III

To see photos from the commissioning ceremony, click here. To learn more about the ROTC Islander Battalion, visit