12 senior cadets commissioned into U.S. Army

Graduates are told: 'Lead by example'

6/10/2013 | By: Staff Report  |

The University of Nevada, Reno recently commissioned 12 senior cadets as Second Lieutenants into the U.S. Army.  The commissioning ceremony is the culmination for cadets of four years of learning to become  leaders who can critically think and solve complex problems.  It is the day that each Cadet strives for from the day they raise their hand to contract into the Reserve Officer Training Corps program.  The ceremony has three main parts, the pinning of the rank by the families of each commissioning Cadet, the oath delivered by a senior commissioned officer and the "Silver Dollar" Salute, which is a tradition in the Army that 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.

Major Gen. Mark Yenter, a 1981 graduate of the University, flew from South Korea to deliver the following words of advice to 12 University graduates who were moments away from commissioning as Second Lieutenants in the Army, "Lead by example and be an inspiring leader.  Be open to trying new ideas.  Take care of your soldiers and they will take care of you."

The newly minted Lieutenants, listed below, will be heading off to various assignments in the upcoming months. Seven are going on active duty, and four are going in the Nevada National Guard and one is going into the Army Reserves.

2LT Justin Francis Geil-Crader

Nevada National Guard - 442nd Signal Battalion

Signal Corps

2LT Micah Lee Gill

Nevada National Guard - 168th  General Support Aviation Battalion

Medical Services Corps as a MEDEVAC pilot

2LT Angelica Brooke Gurley

Active Duty - Fort Stewart, Ga.

Military Police

2LT Austin Wayne Stocker Hamilton

Active Duty - Hawaii

Chemical Corps

2LT Christa Eileen Harrop

Active Duty - Fort Carson, Colo.

Military Intelligence

2LT Dashawna Maréé Jimerson

Active Duty - Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash.

Military Police

2LT Jason Edward Kilgore

Active Duty - Fort Benning, Ga.


2LT Tyler Dale Redden

Nevada National Guard - 168th  General Support Aviation Battalion

Medical Services Corps as a MEDEVAC pilot

2LT Travis Gene Salley

Army Reserve

Signal Corps

2LT Jacob Van Zandt Sanford

Nevada National Guard - Joint Forces Headquarters, State of Nevada

Finance Corps

2LT Joe Damian Stevens

Active Duty - Fort Sill, Okla.

Field Artillery Corps

2LT Ethan James Witt

Active Duty - Fort Bragg, N.C. (82nd Airborne Division)

Signal Corps


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