17 Xavier ROTC Seniors become Second Lieutenants

May 10, 2013

Friday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m., 17 seniors in Xavier University’s All For One ROTC battalion were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army. Sixteen are from Xavier University and one is from Northern Kentucky University. LTC Kevin Wissel, himself a Xavier University alumnus and ROTC graduate, presided over his first commissioning ceremony at Xavier University. Our new 2LT are:

(14468) Nichole Perrin, of Rochester, NY will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is the daughter of Cathy Perrin and Jack Magliocco and sister of Lora, Kathie and Mark Magliocco. While in ROTC, she participated in Ranger Challenge, Airborne School, Nurse Summer Training Program and held the position of CSM, Assistant Operations Officer for the “All for One Battalion.” Perrin is a Distinguished Military Graduate. She was branched Nurse Corps and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

(17055) Amanda Rainey will graduate from Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a minor in Communication Studies. She is the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Scott and Elaine Rainey and sister of Emily, Hannah, Bethany, Jackson, Jessica, and Juliette of Mechanicsburg, PA. While in ROTC, she held several leadership positions including Cadet Battalion Commander. She received an overall “Excellent” rating at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course and is a Distinguished Military Graduate. Rainey was branched into the Engineer Corps and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri in July.

(41042) Ryan Jefferds of Florence will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. He is the son of Fred and Christi Jefferds and brother of Kyle. While in ROTC, Jefferds was active in the Pershing Rifle Fraternity, the Ranger Challenge Club, and held the positions of Command Sergeant Major, Company Commander, and Operations Officer. He is also a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. Jefferds was branched Medical Service Corps and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

(43209) Colin Zidar of Bexley will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Jennifer and Robert Zidar and brother of Maura, Julia, and Nicholas. While in ROTC, Zidar was active in intramural and club sports, the criminal justice honors society, and held the positions of Battalion Commander, Platoon Leader, MSIII Trainer, and S1 in the “All for One” Battalion. Zidar is a Distinguished Military Graduate and the George C. Marshall Award winner. Zidar was branched Military Intelligence and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, AZ. He will be stationed in Dayton, Ohio in the Army Reserves.

(44305) Kaylee Huber of Akron will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is the daughter of Cristi and Jeff Huber and her siblings are Joshua and Cody. While in ROTC, Huber attended the Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox and completed the Nurse Summer Training Program at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She will be in the Army Reserves Nurse Corps after graduation and a nurse at Children’s Hospital.
(44260) Anthony Frisone of Mogadore will graduate from Xavier University with a BSBA from the Williams College of Business with a degree in Management. He is the son of Mark and Jean Frisone and he has nine siblings: Angelo, Giuseppe, Gina, Maria, Dominic, Sophia, Mario, Francesca, and Rocco. He was a Battalion Commander for the All for One battalion, and served as First Sergeant for the Pershing Rifles Fraternity. Frisone earned an Excellent rating at the Leadership Development Assessment Course. He will commission as an Engineer Officer and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri in October and serve at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

(44406) Alexis Thorne of Canfield will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. Her family includes her parents, Bill and Debbie Thorne, her sister and brother-in-law Amber and Luke Hamilton, and her sisters Ashlee and Amanda. While in ROTC, Thorne was in the Pershing Rifle Fraternity acting as CPT, a member of the Ranger team and held the positions of Operations Officer and assistant MSIII trainer in the “All for One” Battalion. She branched Aviation and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) at Fort Rucker in Alabama in September 2013. Her duty station will be determined at BOLC.

(45002) Kelly Sullivan of Cleves, OH will graduate from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. She is the daughter of Paul and Pam Sullivan and sister of Kristy Thornton and Paul Sullivan. While in ROTC, Sullivan held the positions of Battalion Executive Officer, Company Executive Officer, and Assistant Operations and led the NKU Detachment for the Xavier ROTC program. She was branched Army Reserve Finance and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Jackson, Colombia, SC. She will be stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah.

(45140) Ronald Grethel of Loveland will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is the son of RJ and Wendy Grethel and the brother of Benjamin Grethel. While in ROTC, he was a Squad Leader, Assistant S4, S6, MSII Trainer and the Cadet Command Sergeant Major. Grethel was branched Air Defense Artillery and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He will be stationed in McConnelsville, OH as part of the Ohio Army National Guard.

(45246) Robert Weigel will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and a minor in Computer Science. He is the son of Timothy and MiSuk Weigel. Robert’s brother, 2LT David Weigel, is currently serving in the Army. While in ROTC, Robert was active in the Pershing Rifle Fraternity, the Bold Warrior Challenge team, and spent a month at Fort Carson in the Troop Leader Training program (CTLT). Weigel was branched Quartermaster in the Army Reserves and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Lee in Virginia.

(45371) Kyle Osborn, of Tipp City, Ohio, will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Kevin and Peggy Osborn and has an older sister, Hannah. During his time in ROTC, Osborn was active in the Ranger Challenge team. He held the positions of Platoon Leader, S2, Assistant S3, and S4. Osborn was branched Medical Service and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

(45806) Keaten Joseph of Lima will graduate from Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. While at Xavier, Joseph participated in three internships - Internal Revenue Reporting, Internal Auditing, and Customer Solutions. While in ROTC, Joseph held positions of Battalion Operations Officer, and Company Commander. He is branching Quartermaster and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. He will be stationed in Richmond, Virginia.

(46142) Nicholas Sagorsky Greenwood will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Joseph and Kathy Sagorsky and brother of Kurt. While in ROTC, he was active in the Ranger Competition team and held the position of Battalion S-4, Battalion S-1, Assistant MSIII Trainer, and Battalion Executive Officer. Sagorsky attended Airborne School and Troop Leader Training (CTLT) and received an Excellent rating from the Leadership Development Assessment Course. Sagorsky was branched Active Duty Aviation and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) at Fort Rucker, Alabama. His duty station will be determined at BOLC.

(48823) Michael Hills East Lansing will graduate from Xavier with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in the Philosophy, Politics & the Public honors program. The son of Rusty and Carla Hills, he has two siblings, Mary Beth and Katie Rose. While in ROTC, he was active in the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency training and held positions of Battalion Executive Officer, Assistant S-4, Battalion Training Officer and Head MSIII Trainer. Hills branched Transportation Corps and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Ft. Lee, VA beginning May 20.

(63090) Alex Kleinheider Washington, MO will graduate from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts. He is the son of Randall and Brenda Kleinheider and Jennifer and Stuart Lindemann. His siblings are Tiffany Tyree Emmons, Sydney and Martina Kleinheider, and Chandler, Gabrielle, and Emmeline Lindemann. While in ROTC, Kleinheider attended Infantry OSUT and held multiple battalion staff positions as well as the position of Command Sergeant Major for the “All for One” Battalion. Kleinheider was branched Infantry and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He will be stationed in St. Louis, MO while receiving his MBA in Health Services Administration and serving in the Missouri Army National Guard.

(91766) Elijah Durian of Pomona, CA will graduate from Xavier University with a degree in Marketing. He is the son of Veronica Corral and Tilbert Durian and his siblings are Daniel and Nichole Durian, and Alyssa Corral. While in ROTC, he was an active member of the Pershing Rifles Fraternity and the Ranger Challenge Team, where he held the positions of Operations Officer, First Sergeant and Company Commander. Durian placed first at the Norwegian Ruck March 2011, and first at the 2013 Best Ranger Competition. Durian was branched military intelligence with a branch detail in the infantry. He will attend Basic Officer Leader Course this November at Fort Benning, Georgia.

(94027) Conrad Leugers of Atherton, CA will graduate from Xavier University with a BSBA in International Business. He is the son of Jerome and Patricia Leugers and brother of Patrick. While in ROTC, Leugers was active in the Pershing Rifle Fraternity, Xavier Rangers, and held the positions of Battalion Commander and Squad Leader. Leugers was branched Transportation and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. He will be stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

Commissioning Ceremony Speaker
The speaker for the Commissioning Ceremony was Brigadier General Margaret W. Burcham, who took command of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio, on September 19, 2011. Brigadier General Burcham was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1982. She later received a master's degree in Computer Science from Kansas State University. She has extensive military education and has served in Germany, Seoul (N OR S KOREA?), West Point, Fort Lewis, WA, Alexandria, VA. Brigadier General Burcham's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (six Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (one Bronze Service Star), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 5), the Army Superior Unit Award, the Joint Staff Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. She is the first woman to be promoted to general in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

History of Xavier ROTC
Xavier University first offered military instruction in 1877 after school hours at the Newport Kentucky Arms Barracks. Regular drills were held at the old Xavier College at Seventh and Sycamore Streets in downtown Cincinnati. Xavier had a unit of the Student's Army Training Corps during World War I, disbanded shortly after the Armistice. The War Department authorized the formation of the Field Artillery Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) unit in 1935. ROTC was mandatory for all physically fit freshmen and sophomores. The university chose to remove ROTC instruction as a required course in 1971. Women first entered ROTC in 1974 and in 1976, Xavier became the host for all ROTC instruction in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Cross-enrollment agreements currently exist with Miami University, Thomas More College, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Northern Kentucky University. Xavier University’s “All For One” Battalion boasts a number of distinguished alumni including six general officers. Currently, 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.