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Cadet Sarah Abercrombie's gold bars were pinned on by her mother, Donna Mack, and her brother, Maximus Abercrombie.
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Cadet Nathaniel Johnson's gold bars were pinned on by his parents, Matt and Fran Johnson.
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Cadet Aaron Troyer's gold bars were pinned on by his parents, Brad and Patty Troyer.
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Three cadets from Western Illinois University's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on campus Friday, Aug. 18 - from left are Sarah Abercrombie, Nathaniel Johnson and Aaron Troyer.
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Three WIU ROTC Cadets Commission as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army

August 28, 2017


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MACOMB, IL – Three cadets from Western Illinois University's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on campus Friday, Aug. 18.

Cadets Sarah Abercrombie, of Joliet, IL; Nathaniel Johnson, of Geneseo, IL, and Aaron Troyer, of Roseville, IL, each graduated with a degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at the end of the summer semester.

• Abercrombie commissions into the U.S. Army on active duty and will serve as a military police officer in Scofield Barracks - Hawaii. Her gold bars were pinned on by her mother, Donna Mack, and her brother, Maximus Abercrombie. Her Silver Dollar Salute was done by Spc. Connor Rutherford.

• Johnson commissions into the U.S. Army on active duty and will serve as a military intelligence officer with a branch detail of infantry. His duty station has not yet been assigned. Johnson's gold bars were pinned on by his parents, Matt and Fran Johnson and his father, a former Marine corporal gave Johnson his Silver Dollar Salute.

• Troyer commissions into the U.S. Army on active duty, and he will serve as a transportation officer at Ft. Drum, N.Y. Troyer's gold bars were pinned on by his parents, Brad and Patty Troyer, and his Silver Dollar Salute was given by his grandfather, former Navy Petty Officer Third Class Robert Troyer.

Western's award-winning ROTC program was established in 1968. Western'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.

In Spring 2005, Western Illinois University's ROTC Leatherneck Battalion was named the best large program in the 3rd Brigade and a top 15 percent school in all of Cadet Command's 272 programs. The 3rd Brigade, headquartered at Great Lakes, IL, includes 22 college and university programs in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

For more information about WIU's ROTC program, visit wiu.edu/rotc.



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