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WIU Cadets Commissioned as Lieutenants

May 13, 2014


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MACOMB, IL – Fifteen Western Illinois University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were commissioned second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a spring commencement ceremony Friday, May 9, in Macomb.

Western's award-winning ROTC program was established in 1968. The University's military science department has a longstanding tradition of excellence, having been named the recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Award for the best ROTC battalion in the Midwest in 1994, 2001 and 2002. The Leatherneck Battalion has also been honored as the Best ROTC Battalion in the Brigade in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Individuals who took the oath of office of a commissioned officer are listed below by Illinois cities, as well as Wisconsin:

ILLINOIS
ANTIOCH: Alex Barton Bock, a 2014 graduate with a degree in history, received a reserve duty commission in the field artillery corps with the U.S. Army. He will now go to Fort Sill, OK, for his officer basic course and then to his first duty assignment with the Illinois Army National Guard in Chicago. Lt. Bock's parents, Kenneth and Gina Bock, and his brother, Nicholas Bock, were present to pin on his gold bars.

BOLINGBROOK: Daisy Anna Negrete, a 2014 graduate with a degree in general studies, received a reserve duty commission in the medical service corps with the U.S. Army. She will now move on to Fort Sam Houston, TX, for her officer basic course and then to Fort Sheridan, IL, for her first duty assignment with the U.S. Army Reserves in Fort Sheridan, IL. Lt. Negrete's sister, Marcela Negrete, and her friend, Brittni Martinez, were present to pin on her gold bars.

BURBANK: Jose Miguel Munguia, a 2014 graduate with a degree in law enforcement and justice administration, received a reserve duty commission in the ordinance corps with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Lee, VA, for his officer basic course and then to Braunfels, TX, for his first duty assignment with the Texas Army National Guard. His parents, Victor and Maria Munguia, were present to pin on his gold bars.

DANVILLE: Devon Rose Watkins, a 2014 graduate with a degree in law enforcement and justice administration, received a reserve duty commission in the adjunct general corps with the U.S. Army. She will now move on to Fort Jackson, SC, for her officer basic course and then to her first duty assignment with the Illinois Army National Guard in Urbana, IL. Lt. Watkins' boyfriend, Micah Gallard, was present to pin on her gold bars.

EAST MOLINE: Jacob Charles Rowell, a 2014 graduate with a degree in law enforcement and justice administration, received an active duty commission in the military intelligence corps with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Huachuca, AZ, for his officer basic course and then to his first permanent duty assignment in Korea. Lt. Rowell's father, Charles Rowell, his mother, Kristina Rowell, and his sister, Molly Rowell, were present to pin on his gold bars.

ELGIN: Sergio Ivan Rodriguez, a 2014 graduate with a degree in political science, received an active duty commission in the infantry with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Benning, GA, for his officer basic course and then to his first permanent duty assignment in Hawaii. Lt. Rodriguez's mother, Angelica Gracia-Rodriguez, and his sister, Natalia Rodriguez, were present to pin on his gold bars.

GENEVA: Kevin Charles Marks, a 2014 graduate with a degree in law enforcement and justice administration, received an active duty commission in the military police corps with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, for his officer basic course. He will also receive his first permanent duty assignment while he is in Missouri. Lt. Marks' fiancé, Jessica Miller, and his parents, Richard and Cheryl Marks, were present to pin on his gold bars.

GLEN CARBON: Thomas Baltasar Velez, a 2014 graduate with a degree in law enforcement and justice administration, received an active duty commission in the chemical corps with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, for his officer basic course and then to his first permanent duty assignment at Fort Campbell, KY. Lt. Velez's parents, Kimberly and Thomas Velez, were present to pin on his gold bars.

MUNDELEIN: Mark Joseph Hertel, a 2014 graduate with a degree in political science, received an active duty commission in the infantry with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Benning, GA, for his officer basic course and then to Fort Campbell, KY for his first permanent duty assignment. Lt. Hertel's father, Joseph Hertel, and his mother, Veronica Hertel, were present to pin on his gold bars.

PEORIA: Taylor Gordon Judd, a 2014 graduate with a degree in agriculture, received a reserve duty commission in the field artillery corps with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Sill, OK, for his officer basic course and then to Galesburg, IL for his first duty assignment with the Illinois Army National Guard. Lt. Judd's mother, Amy Brown, and his sister, Josie Reed, were present to pin on his gold bars.

SPRING GROVE: Anthony James Fosco, a 2014 graduate with a degree in law enforcement and justice administration, received an active duty commission in the chemical corps with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, for his officer basic course and then to Grafenwoehr, Germany, for his first permanent duty assignment. Lt. Fosco's parents, Mario and Marie Fosco, were present to pin on his gold bars.

SYCAMORE: Matthew Richard Loellke, a 2014 graduate with a degree in emergency management, received an active duty commission in the transportation corps with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Lee, VA, for his officer basic course and then to Fort Bliss, TX, for his first permanent duty assignment. Lt. Loellke's mother, Mary Loellke, and his father, Rick Loellke, were present to pin on his gold bars.

WHEATON: Tyler Sheehan Hintz, a 2014 graduate with a degree in journalism, received a reserve duty commission in the infantry with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Benning, GA, for his officer basic course and then to Aurora, IL, for his first duty assignment with the Illinois Army National Guard. Lt. Hintz's grandparents, Jim and Carol Sheehan, his grandmother, Peg Hintz, and his father, Rick Hintz, were present to pin on his gold bars.

WILMINGTON: Thomas Alan Fritz, a 2014 graduate with a degree in general studies, received a reserve duty commission in the infantry with the U.S. Army. He will now move on to Fort Benning, GA, for his officer basic course and then to his first duty assignment with the Illinois Army National Guard in Kankakee, IL. Lt. Fritz's mother, Louanne Fritz, and his brother, Timothy Fritz, were present to pin on his gold bars.

WISCONSIN
MUKWONAGO: Lindsey Marie Wutt, a 2014 graduate with a degree in exercise science, received an active duty commission in the ordinance division with the U.S. Army. She will now move on to Fort Lee, VA, for her officer basic course and then to her first permanent duty assignment at Fort Lewis, WA. Lt. Wutt's mother, Kim Wutt-Smith, and her brother, Andrew Smith, were present to pin on her gold bars.


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