Senior cadets from Xavier, Miami University and Northern Kentucky University are being commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army at a commissioning ceremony on Friday May 11 at 9:00 a.m. Of the 20 graduating seniors in the All For One ROTC Battalion, 13 are Xavier students, four are from Miami University and two are from Northern Kentucky University. Four of these students will be commissioned in the summer.
The ceremony is in the Schiff Conference Center at the Cintas Center. Battalion Commander LTC Shane Ousey is presiding over his last commissioning ceremony at Xavier as his tour here is ending. Major General William G. Beard, Deputy Commanding General for the United States Army Reserve, United States Army Pacific, is delivering the keynote address. In his 30-year career, Beard has deployed twice to Iraq, earned a law degree, and has received many awards including two Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service medals and three Army Commendation medals.
Xavier’s ROTC program dates back to 1877 when the University first offered military instruction at the Newport Kentucky Arms Barracks. The University had a unit of the Student's Army Training Corps during World War I, and the War Department authorized the formation of the Field Artillery ROTC unit in 1935. ROTC was mandatory for all physically fit freshmen and sophomores until 1971 when it became an optional program.
The All For One Battalion has a number of distinguished alumni including six general officers. The highest-ranking is MG Mike Garret, Chief of Staff XVIII Airborne Corps. Since 1991, Xavier’s ROTC program has received the General MacArthur award seven times, most recently in 2006. It identifies the top ROTC units among 272 programs across the United States, based on assessment of each program, including cadet training, performance and GPA.
The cadets graduating from Xavier and commissioning this spring include:
• Bradley Martin from Union, Ky., is graduating with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in political science and is branching into Aviation.
• Arzell West-Estell, of Toledo, Ohio, graduating with a degree in chemical science, is branching into Engineer Corps.
• David Harper, of Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating with a degree in international business, is entering the Military Intelligence Corps.
• Charles Eiser, Loveland, Ohio, graduating with degrees in social sciences and criminal justice, will branch as an Engineer.
• Shaun Redden, Cincinnati, graduates with a degree in political science and is joining the Adjutant General Corps.
• James Boyd, Cincinnati, graduates with a degree in history and is specializing in Ordnance.
• Shari Jarvis, U.S. Virgin Islands, graduates with a degree in criminal justice and forensic science and chose the Military Police Corps.
• Lola Oxendine, Cincinnati, graduates with a degree in liberal arts and is entering the Quartermaster Corps.
• Joseph Piaskowski, Proctorville, Ohio, is graduating with a degree in nursing and will become an Army Nurse.
• Daniel Shea, Saline, Mich., graduates with a degree in organizational communication and is branching into Transportation Corps.
• Michelle Neyer, Ann Arbor, Mich., is graduating with a degree in nursing and is entering the Nurse Corps.
• Jordan Marks, Blissfield, Mich., graduates with a degree in theology and branches into Armor.
• Lillian Hague, Hampton Bays, N.Y., graduates with a degree in nursing and will branch into the Nurse Corps when she commissions this summer.