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Feb. 15, 2005
Contact: Air Force: Vanessa Hammond, 864-4676, vhammond@ku.edu; Navy: Debbie Loy, 864-1192, dloy@ku.edu; Army: Jenny Pastrano, 864-1107, pastrano@ku.edu; or Juston Abel, 864-1109, abeljw@ku.edu.

KU ROTC commissions 10 as new Air Force, Army and Navy officers

LAWRENCE -- In separate ceremonies at the University of Kansas at the close of the fall 2004 semester, seven December graduates from KU and two from Washburn University were commissioned as armed forces officers. An eighth KU graduate received his commission in January.

In joint commissioning ceremonies Dec. 20 at the Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union, the U.S. Army commissioned four second lieutenants and the U.S. Air Force commissioned three second lieutenants. U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., was the guest speaker. Another KU graduate was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant Jan. 7 in the Military Science Building at KU.

Also in Dec. 18 ceremonies at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at KU, the U.S. Navy commissioned two ensigns. Capt. Richard D. High, KU Navy ROTC commanding officer, was the guest speaker.

Cadets in KU's ROTC ceremonies included two students from Washburn University in Topeka, Stephen Carter and Tanya Destin-Hill, who received second lieutenant commissions in the Army and Air Force, respectively. In the past, KU also has been host for ROTC students from Baker University in Baldwin City, Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth and MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe.


KU's commissioned officers, their hometowns, majors, parents' names, high school alma mater, military affiliations, pinning or commissioning designees chosen by the student officers, and officers' destinations after graduation are:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Xiang Zhang, economics and psychology graduate, son of Ma Li; Topeka West High School; Army; Maj. William Maxcy, adjunct professor, Army ROTC; signal corps officer basic course at Fort Gordon, Ga., and assignment to Kansas National Guard.
From Lawrence and Tulsa, Okla.

Adam Slone, history graduate, son of retired Cmdr. Don Slone, Tulsa, who commissioned him; Lawrence High School graduate; Navy; USS Momsen homeported at Everett, Wash.

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY
From Wamego
Bryan Ault, sport science graduate, son of Bruce and Teresa Ault; Wamego High School; Army; 2nd Lt. Ryan D. Evans, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry, Fort Riley, and 2003 KU graduate; infantry officer basic course at Fort Benning, Ga., before posting at Fort Lewis, Wash.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Nikkii Dolce, human development graduate, daughter of Serge and Marie Dolce; Northeast Magnet School in Wichita; Army; Maj. Maxcy; medical service officer basic course at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Tex., and assignment to Kansas National Guard.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Christopher Clinton, communication study graduate, son of Maj. Robert and Rebecca Clinton; commissioned by his father, who is stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Topeka High School graduate; Air Force; pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.

Kyle Grieves, history graduate, son of Kevin and Jane Grieves; Washburn Rural High School; Air Force; Col. Michael D. Lee, professor and director, Air Force ROTC; assignment pending.

Adam Tritsch, biology graduate, son of Linda Tritsch; Topeka Seaman High School; Army; commissioned Jan. 7 by Maj. Maxcy; granted educational delay to attend the KU School of Medicine after acceptance into the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program.

NORTH DAKOTA
From Williston
Willis M. Long, history graduate, son of Gary and Judy Long; Trenton, N.D., High School graduate; Navy; Cmdr. Chris Orwoll, associate adjunct professor, Naval ROTC; USS Oak Hill, homeported at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Va.

OKLAHOMA
From Tulsa and Lawrence, Kan.
Adam Slone. See Douglas County, Kan.

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