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Major General Chris R. Gentry, the first army deputy commanding general-support, spoke to the cadets before the commissioning.
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Three Western Illinois University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
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Austin Koontz and his father, Kent Koontz.
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John Busby and his parents, Fred and Tracey Busby.
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Anthony Taylor and his father, Tony Taylor, and his wife, Carly Taylor.
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Three WIU ROTC Cadets Commissioned as Second Lieutenants

May 17, 2019


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MACOMB, IL - - Three Western Illinois University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during Commencement weekend.

Major General Chris R. Gentry, the first army deputy commanding general-support, spoke to the cadets before the commissioning, and LTC Joan Sommers swore them in as second lieutenants.

The three WIU cadets who took the oath of office of a commissioned officer include:

John Busby, of DeKalb, IL, received his bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration. He will commission in the Army on active duty and will serve in Ordnance in Ft. Bragg, NC. Busby was pinned by his parents, Fred and Tracey Busby.

Austin Koontz, of Johnsburg, IL, received his bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration. He will commission in the Army on active duty and will serve in Military Intelligence at Ft. Campbell, KY. Koontz was pinned by his father, Kent Koontz.

Anthony Taylor, of Bushnell, IL, received his bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration. He will commission in the Illinois Army National Guard and will serve in Military Police. Taylor was pinned by his father, Tony Taylor, and his wife, Carly Taylor.

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

Posted By: Alisha Looney (AA-Looney@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations