Island Battalion Graduates Two Cadets in ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Published: August 13, 2015

Island Battalion Graduates Two Cadets in ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted its Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 7. The ceremony marks the graduating cadets’ attainment of the officer rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

The 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.

      The following cadets were commissioned:

  • Renee Davis, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Cody McMillan, Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology

Lt. Col. Michael Harvey, Professor of Military Science at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

“I’m incredibly proud of the two graduates,” Harvey said. “They’ve been at A&M Corpus Christi working towards their degree and at the same time taking Military Science courses. Both have spent a couple of summers training with the Army, so it’s been a lot of hard work and effort to get to this point.”

About Renee Davis: Renee Davis, from Houston, Texas, joined the Texas Army National Guard in 2010, while attending Texas A&M University in College Station. In September 2010, Davis attended basic training and advanced individual training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was assigned to the 176th HHC Engineering Battalion in Brenham, Texas. After returning from training, Davis transferred to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and joined the Islander Battalion in spring 2011.           

Davis’ military and civilian education is comprised of Army Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, Leadership Developmental and Assessment Course, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Davis was also a member of the Student Nursing Association, a tutor for Nursing Care of Children and Statistics for Life, a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, and played soccer and intramural sports. She also maintained three jobs while pursuing her education.
Davis will commission into the Nursing Corps and attend Basic Officer Leadership at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas.

“I worked so hard for all of this, so it’s great to finally be here and see I can actually do it,” said Davis. “I’m most thankful for everyone who supported me along the way: my family, my church group, my friends and my professors.”

About Cody McMillan: Cody McMillan graduated from Fallbrook Union High School in Fallbrook, Calif, in 2011. McMillan arrived at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in fall 2011. During his sophomore year, McMillan received a three-year ROTC scholarship and contracted with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Army ROTC Islander Battalion. 

McMillan attended the U.S. Army Cadet Troop Leadership Training, and spent 28 days in Vilseck, Germany, working with 2D Cavalry Regiment, 3 Squadron, Iron Troop. That same year, he attended the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

McMillan will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology and will commission as a U.S. Army Reservist in the Transportation Corps.

“I was interested in the ROTC program from the moment I arrived on campus,” McMillan said. “They brought me in like a member of the family and really took care of me to make sure that, when I got to this point today, they were there supporting me the whole time. It was a really good journey and I’m glad to have made it here.”