Penn College Army ROTC cadets receive commissions
Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, and Megan Nosker, of DuBois, were commissioned as second lieutenants during an on-campus ceremony. The cadets committed to four years of active duty or eight years in the Army Reserve or National Guard.
“We couldn’t be prouder of these newly commissioned officers and their devotion to our nation,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College. “They embody the best attributes of their generation. Their selfless dedication to protecting our freedoms is truly inspiring.”
Maly earned a bachelor’s degree in automation engineering technology: mechatronics. He was selected to active duty in the Engineer Corps. Maly will attend the engineer officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri this fall.
Nosker attained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. She will enter the Army Reserve in the Engineer Corps. Nosker has been assigned to the 420th Engineer Company, stationed in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
The Penn College Army ROTC program is part of the Bald Eagle Battalion, headquartered at Lock Haven University. Other members of the battalion are Lycoming College and Lock Haven and Mansfield universities.
Lt. Col. John Acosta, professor of military science for the battalion, served as the officiating officer for the commissioning ceremony.
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Reed takes part in his first ROTC commissioning since assuming the presidency in July. "Army officers are expected to demonstrate both tactical and technical expertise, and the fact that we are commissioning two Engineering Corps officers today speaks well of the technical foundations that you developed while you were students here," he told the cadets. "When coupled with the same discipline and hard work and confident leadership that have earned you this distinction today, these talents and competencies will be an asset to your commander, your unit – and to the troops you care for and lead."
Acosta administers the oath of office to the cadets.
A new second lieutenant gets gold bars from his mother, Deana, and his grandfather, retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Phillips, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War...
Nosker is pinned by her parents, Denny Nosker and Sue Giannelli ...
... and shakes hands with his father, retired Master Sgt. Kurt (an Air Force veteran of Operation Desert Storm), after receiving his first salute.
... and receives her first salute from Staff Sgt. Danielle Fazenbaker.
Master Sgt. David E. Tice, ROTC instructor for the Bald Eagle Battalion, offers remarks during the Penn's Inn ceremony.