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commissions seven cadets into the United States Army May 8
May 8, 2009 --
University’s Military Science Department commissioned seven ROTC cadets
into the United States Army during a ceremony in the ASU Convocation
Center Auditorium on Friday, May 8. Col. Kendall W. Penn, commander of
the 39th Infantry Brigade, Arkansas Army National Guard, was
the guest speaker.
Patrick H. Byerly of Lake City received a bachelor of science
degree in criminology. Second Lieutenant Byerly commissioned into the
Arkansas Army National Guard, branching Corps of Engineers. He is the
son of Melton R. and Patricia J. Byerly, of Lake City.
Troy J. Cline of Jonesboro received a bachelor of
science degree in criminology and won three awards at the ROTC spring
awards ceremony: the Bronze Medal Athlete award, the Daughters of the
American Revolution award (for graduating in top 25 percent of his
class), and United Service Automobile Association Spirit Award. Second
Lieutenant Cline commissioned active duty Army, branching Military
Police Corps. He is the son of Stanley L. Cline (deceased) and Sharon
D. Carter of Jonesboro.
Travis L. Eddleman of Aubrey received a graduate degree in
political science and three awards: the Gold Medal Athlete award, the
American Legion Award (for being in top 25 percent of academic and ROTC
class); the George C. Marshall Award (for most outstanding MS 4 cadet).
Second Lieutenant Eddleman commissioned active duty Army, branching
Military Intelligence. He is the son of Terry D. and Stephanie K.
Eddleman of Searcy.
Brandi M. Johnson of Enola received a bachelor of science degree
in nursing. At the ROTC awards ceremony, she received the National
Defense Industrial Association award for earning a “B” or above in ROTC,
being rated top 20 percent in camp evaluation, and participating
actively in athletics while demonstrating outstanding leadership
ability. Second Lieutenant Johnson has commissioned into the active
Army, as a nurse in the Medical Corps. She is the daughter of Mickey R.
and Peggy S. Johnson of Enola.
Nathan B. Smith of Jonesboro received a bachelor of science
degree in interdisciplinary studies. Second Lieutenant Smith
commissioned into the active Army and will serve as an infantry
officer. He is the son of Brandt and Gailia Smith of Jonesboro, and is
married to the former Renee Porter.
Megan N. Watters of Mountain View received a bachelor of science
degree in animal science (pre-veterinary). Second Lieutenant Watters
commissioned into the active Army, serving in the transportation corps.
She is the daughter of Tim and Cheryl Watters of Mountain View.
Jeremy M. Weeks of Bernie, Mo., received a bachelor of science
degree in finance and two awards at the awards ceremony: the Platinum
Medal Athlete award and the Superior Cadet Decoration Award for
outstanding cadet in each year of Military Science. Second Lieutenant
Weeks commissioned into the active Army and will serve in the Quarter
Master Corps. He is the son of Mike Weeks of Bernie, Mo., and Susan
Ayers of Caruthersville, Mo.
The ASU Red Wolf Battalion’s spring 2009 commissioning ceremony took
place today at 3 p.m. in the Convocation Center auditorium with guest
speaker Col. Kendall Penn, commander of the 39th Infantry
Brigade, Arkansas Army National Guard. Col. Jeffery Helms, ASU professor
of military science, administers the oath to the 2009 ASU graduates and
newest second lieutenants in the United States Army (left to right):
Patrick Byerly, Troy Cline, Travis Eddleman, Brandi Johnson, Nathan
Smith, Megan Watters, and Jeremy Weeks.