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Students Commissioned Second Lieutenants

September 4, 2003

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MACOMB, IL - - Three Western Illinois University Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were commissioned second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during an Aug. 16 ceremony on campus.

WIU's military science department, established in 1968, is regarded among the top programs nationwide. In December 2000 Western earned its second consecutive General Douglas MacArthur Award and received a top 20 ranking among all 270 U.S. Army Cadet Command programs nationwide.

The MacArthur Award, given jointly by the MacArthur Foundation and the commander of the United States Army Cadet Command, is presented annually to the top programs in each of Cadet Command's three regions. Western earned the award as the best large division program in the Second Region, headquartered at Ft. Knox, KY, which consists of 88 schools in 14-states. Western also earned the MacArthur Award in 1994.

The following individuals, listed by hometown, took the oath of office of a commissioned officer:

EAST PEORIA - Jonathan A. Cape, a law enforcement and justice administration major, received an active duty commission in Adjutant General/Armor. He will attend Armor Officer Basic Course in October. Cape will be assigned to Western Illinois University ROTC Battalion as the Gold Bar Recruiter until he departs for OBC. 2LT Cape is the son of Sandra Zipper of East Peoria and Gary Cape of Bartonville, IL. Pinning on his bars were his father and his brother, SSG Christopher Cape. (Download Print-Quality Photo)

JACKSONVILLE - Joshua S. Radliff, a law enforcement and justice administration major, received a reserve duty commission in Military Police. He will attend his Military Police Officer Basic Course later in 2003. 2LT Radliff is the son of Steve and Debbie Radliff. Pinning on his bars were his mother and his girlfriend, Laura Meyers. (Download Print-Quality Photo)

WASHINGTON - Danny O. Ripley, an engineering and technology major, received a reserve duty commission in the Quartermaster Corps and will attend Quartermaster Officer Basic Course Sept. 28. 2LT Ripley is the son of Martha Ripley, who, along with Ripley's girlfriend Lacy Lutton, pinned on his bars. (Download Print-Quality Photo)

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