Xavier University Army ROTC Commissions 23 Cadets

May 14, 2010

The Xavier University Army ROTC Program commissioned twenty-three cadets into the United States Army Officer Corps as Second Lieutenants on May 14 at 9:00 a.m. in the University’s Cintas Center. Fifteen cadets commissioned into the active Army and six into the United States Army Reserve. Two additional Xavier University cadets were recognized for completing the on-campus ROTC curriculum and will commission upon completion of the Leadership, Development, and Assessment Course, at Fort Lewis, Washington in August. The list of those commissioned is below, sorted by ZIP code.

Twenty-one of these senior student-cadets will graduate from Xavier University. The remaining cadets will graduate from Miami University of Ohio. The Xavier University Army ROTC 2010 Commissioning Class will serve in nine different career fields: Infantry, Military Intelligence, Military Police, Nurse, Quartermaster, Field Artillery and Judge Advocate General.

The guest speaker during the ceremony was 1984 Xavier alumnus, Brigadier General Michael X. Garrett, Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Recruiting Command.

Xavier University first offered military instruction in 1877. Xavier ROTC has a number of distinguished alumni, including six general officers. Since 1991, Xavier's ROTC program has received the General MacArthur Unit Award seven times. This identifies the top ROTC units among the 272 programs across the United States, and is based on an assessment of each program, including training, performance, and cadet academic grade point average.

(07816) Joshua Kummerer of Succasunna, NJ, the son of John and Susan Kummerer, is a criminal justice major at Xavier. He will commission as active duty Field Artillery.

(15009) Mike Piotrowski of Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Lois and Brad Brummit, is a criminal justice major at Xavier. He will commission as active duty Field Artillery.

(19520) Brendan Kessler of Devon, PA, the son of Eric and Kelli Kessler, is a criminal justice major at Xavier. He will commission as Army Reserve Military Police.

(22903) Josh Ecenrode of Charlottesville, VA, the son of John and Melinda Ecenrode, is a history major at Xavier. He will commission as an active duty Medical Service administrator.

(28277) Eric Copeland of Charlotte, NC, the son of Mark and Lisa Copeland, is a management information systems major at Xavier. He will commission after summer training.

(29455) Lauren Grisillo of Charleston, SC, the daughter of John and Kathy Grisillo, is a nursing major at Xavier. She will commission as an active duty Army Nurse.

(41005) Lindsay Hand of Burlington, KY, the daughter of Loren and Marie Hand, is a nursing major at Xavier. She will commission as an active duty Army Nurse.

(43017) Kirsten Luffy of Dublin, OH, the daughter of Martin and Debra Luffy, is a nursing major at Xavier. She will commission as an active duty Army Nurse.

(43065) Katy Wagoner of Columbus, the daughter of Tom and Diane Wagoner, is an international studies major at Miami University. She will commission as Army Reserve military intelligence.

(43221) Hali Weilbacher of Columbus, the daughter of Tim and Sue Weilbacher, is a criminal justice major at Xavier. She will commission after summer training.

(44106) Sarah Snow of Cleveland, the daughter of Drs. William and Irene Snow, is a sociology major at Xavier. She will commission as an Army Reserve Adjutant General (Personnel Officer).

(44870) TJ Miller of Sandusky, OH, the son of Tom and Diane Miller, is a history major at Xavier. He will commission as an active duty Adjutant General (Personnel Officer).

(45014) Bethany Gortner of Fairfield, OH, the daughter of Bill and Becky Gortner, is a nursing major at Xavier. She will commission as an active duty Army Nurse.

(45014) Eric Showman of Fairfield, OH, the son of John and Mary Showman, is a criminal justice major at Xavier. He will commission as active duty infantry.

(45040) Tiffany Topper of Mason, OH, the daughter of Gary and Sherrie Topper, is a double major in political science and international studies. She will commission as Army Reserve Military Police.

(45120) Patrick Cales of Ripley, the son of Michael and Cynthia Cales, is a criminal justice major at Xavier. He will commission as an active duty Adjutant General (Personnel Officer).

(45121) Rob Moe of Georgetown, OH, the son of Robert and Regina Moe, is a criminal justice major at Xavier. He will commission as an Army Reserve Quarter Master (Supply).

(45215) Ross Wickstrom of Wyoming, OH, the son of Rick and Teresa Wickstrom, is a nursing major at Xavier. He will commission as an active duty Army Nurse.

(45233) Rob Besier of Cincinnati, the son of James and Janice Besier, is a political science major at Xavier. He will attend law school for the next couple of years before going on active duty as a JAG, Army lawyer.

(45238) Jason Chastang of Cincinnati, the son of Tim and Susan Chastang, is a political science major at Xavier. He will attend law school for the next couple of years before going on active duty as a JAG (Army lawyer).

(46538) Jason Hidy of Leesburg, IN, the son of John and Shirley Hand, is a psychology major at Miami University. He will commission as Army reserve Military Police.

(47006) Sam Koopman of Batesville, IN, the son of Jon and Marylee Koopman, is a business finance major at Xavier. He will commission as an MS – active duty Medical Service administrator.

(48105) Brienne Riker of Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of Bill and Kay West Riker, is a history major at Xavier. She will commission as active duty Field Artillery.