The University of Nevada, Reno Army ROTC program commissioned five second lieutenants this month: 2nd Lt. Caitlyn Adley (Active Duty, Nurse); 2nd Lt. Mayra Cornejo (National Guard, Aero Medical Evacuation Officer); 2nd Lt. Nicolette De Los Angeles (U.S. Army Reserves, Medical Services Officer); 2nd Lt. Adam Mastrantonio (U.S. Army Reserves, Medical Services Officer); and 2nd Lt. Christopher Wallace-Carrete (Active Duty, Air Defense Artillery).
"Each year, the University's Wolf Pack Battalion commissions some of this nation's best and brightest Army officers," said Lt. Col. Michael Minaudo, department chair of the University's Military Science Department, which oversees the ROTC program. "These new second lieutenants have spent their years at the University doing more than just studying - they have developed critical thinking skills that extend into every aspect of leadership ensuring they will be able to flourish in their future roles be it in peace time or the chaos that often pervades our world. During the course of their studies, they have developed as leaders."
Cornejo earned an opportunity to study in Spain for a month through the Cultural and Language Proficiency Program (CULP). While in Spain she trained with a Spanish light infantry mountaineering brigade in the Pyrenees Mountains. De Los Angeles also earned an opportunity to study abroad through CULP, and was the vice president of the Nevada Military Society for spring and summer 2013. Adley took on responsibilities as the ROTC liaison with the Veterans Guest House. Wallace, who will go on to become an Air Defense Artillery Officer, was vice president of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity and even participated in a joint operational training with the Vietnamese Army in Hanoi, as well as attended Army Airborne School. Mastrantonio was a simultaneous member cadet, meaning the entire time he was under contract earning his degree, he was also enlisted and serving within the Nevada Army National Guard.
"These leaders accomplished a lot during their time here at the University," Minaudo said. "They each worked at various levels of leadership within and outside of the ROTC program. As they graduate and move on to their various Army schools, they will continue to develop and make a positive impact on the Army and the nation at large."