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2LT Lempke with his mother Beth (back left), brother Nicholas (left) and father Verlin
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2LT Troesch with his wife Michelle, his father John and his grandmother Violet Troesch
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WIU ROTC Cadets Commissioned Second Lieutenants

December 20, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - Two Western Illinois University Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were commissioned second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a Dec. 16 ceremony in the University Union.

Christopher L. Lempke (Kewanee, IL), a senior political science major, received a reserve duty commission in Aviation. He will attend Aviation Officer Basic Course at a later date. 2LT Lempke is the son of Verlin and Beth Lempke, who pinned on his bars along with his brother, Nicholas.

Sean P. Troesch
(Springfield, IL), a senior psychology major, received an active duty commission in the Ordnance Corps. He will attend Ordnance Officer Basic Course in February 2006. 2LT Troesch is the son of John Troesch from Springfield (IL) and Libby King from Mattoon (IL). Pinning on his bars were his wife, Michelle, his father and his grandmother, Violet Troesch.

In Spring 2005 Western Illinois’ ROTC Bulldog Battalion was named the best large program in the 10th Brigade and a top 15 percent school in all of Cadet Command’s 272 programs. The 10th Brigade, headquartered at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, includes 22 college and university programs in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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.

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