Commissioning event honors six ROTC seniors

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Six Mercyhurst University graduating seniors were commissioned into the U.S. Army as Second Lieutenants on Saturday, May 18, during a ceremony at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Three of the seniors — Lindsey Bostwick, Matthew Terrigno and Adam King — graduated over the weekend as Distinguished Military Graduates for placing in the top 20th percentile of ROTC units in the country. They were joined by Cameron Kunkel, Dillon Lynch and Alyssa Ciehanoski.

“The award that the Pride of PA Battalion just received — The MacArthur Award — says it all. These cadets really excelled among their peers to the point that they are considered the best ROTC cadet unit in the brigade,” said Ray Patterson, instructor of military science. “I believe they will be a strong contribution to the military. We are really proud of them and we wish them well.”

The recent ceremony celebrated each cadet’s achievements and performance during their four years at Mercyhurst. The cadets were honored as follows:

Lindsey Bostwick, an intelligence studies major, was commissioned into active duty in the Military Intelligence Branch. She will receive officer training at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Matthew Terrigno, an intelligence studies major, was commissioned into active duty in the Aviation Branch. He will receive officer training at Fort Rucker in Daleville, Ala.

Adam King, an intelligence studies major, was commissioned into active duty in the Field Artillery Branch. He will receive officer training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

Cameron Kunkel, an athletic training major, was commissioned into active duty in the Medical Services Branch. He will receive officer training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

Dillon Lynch, an intelligence studies major, was commissioned into active duty in the Quartermaster Branch. He will receive officer training at Fort Lee in Hopewell, Va.

Alyssa Ciehanoski, an intelligence studies major, was commissioned into the National Guard in the Aviation Branch. She will receive officer training at Fort Rucker in Daleville, Ala.

The ceremony featured keynote speaker Major General John Murray, director of Force Management in the U.S. Army.

PHOTO: (Back Row, L-R) Cameron Kunkle, Adam King and Dillon Lynch; (Front Row, L-R) Matt Terrigno, Alyssa Ciehanoski, Lindsey Bostwick

 

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