Three ROTC Cadets Receive Army Commissions

May 06, 2009

Three ROTC Cadets Receive Army Commissions Three student-soldiers received their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army last week, following the completion of the ROTC and bachelor’s degree studies at Saint Leo University.

Cadets studying at Saint Leo’s main campus are part of the larger Suncoast Battalion, which is based at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and draws students from several colleges and universities in the area. U.S. Army Major Stephen Wills directs the ROTC program for Saint Leo and teaches the leadership and military science courses.
Major Wills presided at the swearing-in ceremony for the three new officers, which was held during the afternoon commencement for the class of 2009 on Saturday, May 2, in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The three new officers were also named the recipients of a variety of student awards. From left to right, they are:

Second Lt. Brady Juelson, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies. He received the George C. Marshall Award given to the top cadet in each battalion, and he was ranked nationally among top cadets. He was further recognized at the local battalion level as this year’s only Distinguished Military Graduate for displaying a combination of outstanding qualities of leadership, high moral character, academic achievement, and exceptional aptitude for military service. Second Lt. Juelson received an active-duty appointment to the infantry and will be stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Second Lt. Patrick Quezada Jr., who earned a BA in business administration and was also named top student in his military science class at the battalion level. He received an Army Reserve appointment in the Signal Corps, which handles communications functions.

Second Lt. Bryan Turk, who earned a BA in criminal justice, as well as a national award for academic achievement and overall leadership, called the Association of the United States Army Award. He also received the Saint Leo University President’s Award for leadership in academics and in ROTC and campus activities. He received an active-duty appointment in the Transportation Corp, which is responsible for the movement of vehicles and vessels. He will be stationed at Ft. Eustis, Va.