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May 22, 2006
Contact: Capt. Keith Bland, KU Air Force ROTC, (785) 864-1216.

KU ROTC commissions 27 graduates as officers in May 22 joint ceremony

LAWRENCE — Twenty-three University of Kansas graduates and four graduates of area colleges and universities were commissioned as officers in the armed forces during ceremonies May 22 in the Kansas Union. The Air Force ROTC coordinated the joint commissioning activities.

Lt. Col. Sandra Leiker of KU Air Force ROTC welcomed the cadets, their families and friends and other guests and introduced the speaker, Lt. Col. Mark Johnson of Eudora, who retired in 2000 after a U.S. Army career that included 20 years as a Green Beret officer. Now he is a motivational speaker and the author of two books, Lessons in Leadership: Straight Talk From a Green Beret and How to Get Anyone to Follow You Anywhere: Green Beret Secrets to Leadership and Team Building.

Johnson received a KU bachelor’s degree in history in spring 1980 and his commission as a second lieutenant through the KU Army ROTC program. Later he went through the Special Forces Qualification Course and became a Green Beret.

He received a master’s degree in military arts and sciences in 1996 from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. His extensive teaching experience includes serving as professor and chairman of the military science department at Pittsburg State University from 1998 until 2000.

Johnson administered the oath of office, and a family member or close friend pinned the lieutenant or ensign rank on the new officers’ shoulders.

The new officers have completed requirements of KU Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC units or the Marine Corps Platoon Leadership Course.

KU is one of only 50 universities in the nation offering a ROTC program that represents all branches of the military. Besides training KU students, KU’s ROTC program also trains cadets at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence; Baker University in Baldwin City, the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Washburn University in Topeka and Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe.

Two Washburn graduates, Shanna Carlson and Jacob Lawrence, and two St. Mary graduates, Louis Espinosa Jr. and Joshua Haynes, all in Army ROTC, are graduates of KU’s ROTC program and were commissioned as second lieutenants with the KU graduates.

The newly commissioned KU graduates, their hometowns, degrees and, when available, their parents’ names and high schools are listed below.

ANDERSON COUNTY
From Garnett
Robert D. Archer, Navy ensign, bachelor’s degree in political science, son of Doug Archer and Sue Archer; Anderson County High School.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Jerad W. Hall, Army second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in business administration, son of Jerry Hall; Lawrence High School.

Craig N. Lee, Air Force second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in psychology, son of Col. (Ret.) Michael D. and Kristine Lee; Heidelberg American High School.

Michael E. Melville, Navy ensign, bachelor’s degree in political science.

Nicholas G. Potter, Army second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in architectural studies, son of John and Mary Potter; Lawrence Free State High School.

From Lawrence and Hawarden, Iowa
Jeremy Huls, Navy ensign, bachelor’s degree in mathematics, son of Kelly Huls of Lawrence and James Huls of Hawarden, Iowa; West Sioux High School, Hawarden.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Megan N. Mallare, Air Force second lieutenant, bachelor’s degrees in French and psychology, daughter of Ronald and Teresa Mallare; Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park.

From Olathe
Thomas R. England, Marine Corps second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology, son of Thomas and Tamara England; Olathe East High School.

From Overland Park and Douglaston, N.Y.
Reba G. Good, Air Force second lieutenant, bachelor’s degrees in French and political science, daughter of Judith Good of Overland Park and Paul Good of Douglaston, N.Y.; Shawnee Mission South High School.

From Shawnee
Aaron E. Davis, Army second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in business administration, son of Edward and Robin Davis; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Fort Leavenworth
Matthew C. Sevcik, Army second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in English, son of Michael and Tamara Sevcik; Leavenworth Senior High School.

From Leavenworth
Martin M. Minnich, Marine Corps second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in history, son of Carol Beall; Leavenworth Senior High School.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan
Mike A. Jevons, Marine Corps second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in geography, son of Keith and Maxine Jevons; Manhattan High School.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby
Jessica D. Wright, Air Force second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in business administration, daughter of Andrew Wright; Derby High School.

From Haysville
Holly D. Hollenbeck, Air Force second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in American studies, daughter of Fred and Michelle Hollenbeck; Neodesha High School.

ILLINOIS
From Libertyville (ZIP 60048)
Thomas W. Morrow, Marine Corps second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in history, son of John and Mary Morrow; Carmel High School, Mundelein, Ill.

IOWA
From Hawarden (ZIP 51023)
Jeremy Huls. See DOUGLAS COUNTY

MISSOURI
From Chesterfield (ZIP 63017) and Newberg (ZIP 65550)
Andrew R. Ra, Navy ensign, bachelor’s degree in physics, son of Joseph Ra of Chesterfield and Kathy Keymann of Newberg; Parkway Central High School, Chesterfield.

From Gravois Mills (ZIP 65037)
Christopher S. Turner, Navy ensign, bachelor’s degree in political science, son of James and Sandra Mallon; North Kansas City High School.

NEBRASKA
From North Platte (ZIP 69101)
Tyler B. Robinson, Marine Corps second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in human development, son of Brenda Robinson; North Platte High School.

From Papillion (ZIP 68046)
Nicole M. Lawrence, Army second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in nursing, daughter of Richard Craig; Ralston (Neb.) High School. Her husband, Jacob Lawrence, a Washburn University graduate, also was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant.

NEW YORK
From Douglaston (ZIP 11362)
Reba G. Good. See JOHNSON COUNTY

From Fort Drum (ZIP 13603)
Mark Christopher J. Patterson II, Army second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in English, son of Mark and Deanna Patterson; Wuerzburg High School.

TEXAS
From Alvarado (ZIP 76009)
Travis J. Burden, Navy ensign, bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, son of Tarri Burden; Texas Tech University High School, Lubbock, Texas.

From Harker Heights (ZIP 76548)
Brandon K. Lundgren, Army second lieutenant, bachelor’s degree in economics, son of Kenneth and Wendy Lundgren; Woodside High School, Newport News, Va.

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