Xavier University Army ROTC commissions 13 cadets as second lieutenants before commencement

The cadets are serving in nine different career fields in the Army | May 16, 2011

The Xavier University Army ROTC Program commissioned 13 cadets into the United States Army Officer Corps as second lieutenants this year—10 from Xavier on May 13, two from Miami University commissioned on May 7 and one from Northern Kentucky University commissioned on May 6.

The Xavier University Army ROTC 2011 Commissioning Class will serve in nine different career fields: Military Intelligence, Military Police, Quartermaster, Field Artillery, Adjutant General, Signal, Chemical, Ordnance and Air Defense Artillery.

The guest speaker during the ceremony was Major General Walt Davis, Deputy Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Xavier’s history with preparing cadets for the Army goes back to 1877, when the University first offered military instruction. 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 eight times. This identifies the top ROTC units across the country and is based on an assessment of each program, including training, performance and cadet academic grade point average.

Xavier's cadets attended commencement ceremonies at the Cintas Center on Saturday, May 14. The graduating cadets are:

Jason Gray of Hyattsville, Md., earned an economics and finance degree from Xavier. He commissioned Adjutant General Corps and his first assignment will be Fort Campbell, Ky.

Michelle Verwiel of Savannah, Ga., earned a social work degree with minors in theology, gender and diversity studies, and peace studies from Xavier. She commissioned Adjutant General Corps and her first assignment will be in the United States Army Reserve, Chicago.

Syler Saito of Lexington, Ky., earned an international studies degree with a minor in peace studies from Xavier and graduated as a Distinguished Military graduate. He commissioned Military Intelligence Corps and his first assignment will be Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ian Kirst of Alexandria, Ky., earned a criminal justice degree from Northern Kentucky University. He commissioned Ordnance Crops and his first duty assignment will be Fort Campbell, Ky.

Zachary Vance of Maysville, Ky., earned a criminal justice degree from Xavier. He commissioned Military Police Corps and his first assignment will be Fort Polk, La.

Alex Voneckartsberg of Dublin, Ohio, earned a history degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He commissioned Military Intelligence Corps and his first duty assignment will be with the West Virginia National Guard.

Justin Hilderbrand of Fizzelville, Ohio, earned a criminal justice degree from Xavier. He commissioned Military Police Corps and his first assignment will be Fort Lewis, Wash.

Jonathan Chapman of Milford, Ohio, earned an international studies degree with a minor in German from Xavier. He commissioned Field Artillery and his first assignment will be Fort Sill, Okla.

Shaina Cales of Ripley, Ohio, earned a marketing degree from Xavier and graduated as a Distinguished Military graduate. She commissioned Signal Corps and her first duty assignment will be in Germany.

Clinton Kessel of Ripley, Ohio, earned a criminal justice degree from Xavier. He commissioned Chemical Corps and his first assignment will be Fort Campbell, Ky.

Joseph Reinstatler of West Carrolton, Ohio, earned a history degree at Xavier. He commissioned Quartermaster Corps and his first assignment will be Fort Thomas, Ky.

Thomas Ware of Mishawaka, Ind., earned a business degree from Miami. He commissioned Field Artillery and his first duty assignment will be Fort Lewis, Wash.

Keith Wimsatt of Columbus, Ind., earned a finance degree from Xavier. He commissioned Air Defense Artillery and his first assignment will be Fort Bliss, Texas.