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Dec. 30, 2005
Contact: Lt. Laura Glenn, KU Naval ROTC, (785) 864-1184; Capt. Keith H. Bland, Air Force ROTC, (785) 864-1216.

KU Air Force, Navy ROTC commission 3 new officers in December ceremonies

LAWRENCE -- In separate ceremonies at the University of Kansas this month, two December graduates were commissioned as officers in the U.S. Air Force and one graduate in the U.S. Navy.

On Dec. 17 in ceremonies at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at KU, Ryan Anthony Stewart of Foristell, Mo., was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Retired Navy Capt. John "Buck" Newsom of Lawrence administered the oath of office and was the guest speaker. Stewart's wife, Veronica, and his parents, Robert and Denise Stewart of Foristell, pinned the rank insignia on his uniform. Cmdr. Chris Orwoll, commanding officer and KU professor of naval science, officiated.

Stewart completed a bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering from KU this month. He will be assigned to the Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C., to train for submarine service. He is a Wentzville (Mo.) High School graduate.

On Dec. 18, Air Force Cadets Matthew K. Boles of Overland Park and Dayvid M. Prahl of Baldwin City, were commissioned as second lieutenants in ceremonies at the Kansas Union. Col. Mike Lee, former ROTC commander at KU, and Lt. Col. James Fain, commander of the International Military Student Division at the Army's Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, administered the oath of office for the new officers.

Lt. Boles' parents, John and Mary Boles, and his brother, Michael, pinned on his rank insignia. Boles has completed two bachelor of general studies degrees in sociology and human development with an emphasis on juvenile delinquency. He will be entering the Air Force as a logistics readiness officer. After attending Air and Space Basic Course at Maxwell AFB in Alabama, Boles will be assigned to Dover AFB, Delaware. Boles is a Shawnee Mission South High School graduate.

Lt. Prahl's wife, Michelle, and his mother, Sharole Prahl of Baldwin City, pinned on his rank insignia. Prahl has completed a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and enters the Air Force as a developmental engineer. After completing the Air and Space Basic Course at Maxwell AFB in Alabama, he will report to Edwards AFB in southern California. He is a Baldwin High School graduate.


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