Seven UCO Army ROTC Students Earn Commissions

June 9, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

SEVEN UCO ARMY ROTC STUDENTS EARN COMMISSIONS

Seven University of Central Oklahoma students recently received military commissions in connection with their completion of the UCO Army ROTC program and a bachelor’s degree.

Army ROTC serves as the largest commissioning source for the Army, producing approximately 70 percent of all the officers for the active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Cadets complete a rigorous curriculum of classroom and leadership lab instruction, physical training and various summer training opportunities, all while attending college as full-time students.

The newly commissioned officers are:

  • 2nd Lt. Cody Cheyne, from Edmond, earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial safety with a minor in military science and will serve as an Infantry Officer in the Oklahoma National Guard.
  • 2nd Lt. Matthew Green, from Midwest City, earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in military science will serve as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
  • 2nd Lt. Levi Gunter, from Oklahoma City, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and will serve as a Field Artillery Officer in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
  • 2nd Lt. Austin Ingham was born in Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota. Ingham earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a minor in military science and will serve as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Oklahoma National Guard.
  • 2nd Lt. Tempest Rankins, from Oklahoma City, earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications-broadcasting, a minor in military science and will serve on active duty as a Field Artillery Officer in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
  • 2nd Lt. Summer Sawyer, from Sacramento, California, earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a minor in military science and will serve on active duty in the Army Nurse Corps.
  • 2nd Lt. Casey Strong, from Wylie, Texas, earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a minor in military science. One of five in the nation selected for the Army’s Edward F. Herbert Scholarship to obtain a Psychiatric Certification, Strong will serve on active duty in the Army Nurse Corps.

2nd Lts. Johnathon Gause and Jonathan Kline, graduates of Oklahoma Christian University, and 2nd Lt. Joshua Thaler, a graduate of Oklahoma City University, also commissioned through UCO’s Army ROTC program this spring. Central is host to three active affiliated universities: OC, OCU and Southern Nazarene University, allowing non-UCO student to commission through the UCO Army ROTC program with the completion of a bachelor’s degree at their home university.

For more information about the UCO Army ROTC program, visit www.busn.uco.edu/armyrotc.

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