New Army Lieutenants Commissioned at University Campus

May 02, 2012

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From left to right, Second Lieutenants Thomas Ashlock, Ashley Cooper, and Jeremiah LaPointe.

Three new second lieutenants in the U.S. Army have taken the oath of office upon completing both their bachelor’s degree coursework and ROTC training at Saint Leo University.

A special ceremony was held Friday, April 27, at University Campus, to celebrate the commissioning of the former Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets. The commissioning was held during the same two-day period along with three commencement ceremonies at University Campus on Friday, and on Saturday, April 28.

In addition to studying and training at Saint Leo’s University Campus, the former cadets belonged to the Suncoast Battalion, which is hosted at the University of South Florida (USF) at Tampa, but also includes the cadet populations from several other central Florida institutions. By earning a college degree, and by completing required Army training and military science courses, a cadet can enter the U.S. Army’s officer ranks as a second lieutenant. In some cases, a cadet has had prior military experience and then has gone on to attain a college degree to advance his or her career opportunities in the Army.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony were Major General Luis R. Visot, executive director of the Joint Military Science Leadership Center at USF, and Lieutenant Colonel Padraig Clark, professor of military science.

The following graduates were sworn in and were congratulated by the attending officers, family, fellow soldiers, friends, and university administrators and faculty:

  • Thomas Ashlock, who will serve with the Ordnance (explosives) Corps of the National Guard, and reported to training at Camp Blanding, FL. He graduated from Saint Leo with a Bachelor of Arts in management, cum laude. He was also named a Distinguished Military Graduate, an honor reserved for the top 20 percent of graduates nationally.
  • Ashley Cooper, who is assigned to the Signal (communications) Corps at Fort Detrick, MD. She graduated with the Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice.
  • Jeremiah LaPointe, who is assigned to the Transportation Corps of the National Guard in Florida. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

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From left to right, Second Lieutenants Jeremiah LaPointe, Ashley Cooper, and Thomas Ashlock