By: Jacob Schneider
Special to Horizons
On Dec. 16, 2016, families, friends and military personnel filled Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Davis Learning Center to witness the United States Air Force’s newest officer’s commission as Second Lieutenants.
The Fall 2016 Commissioning ceremony began with the National Anthem and the Posting of the Colors. Officers from Detachment 028, including Major David S. Richardson and Captain Alan B. Frazier, praised the new Second Lieutenants for their hard work and prestigious achievement.
During the ceremony, nine of Detachment 028 Air Force ROTC’s cadets were commissioned as officers. Among the new Second Lieutenants this season: 2nd Lt. Mitchell Bartlett, 2nd Lt. Alec Braun, 2nd Lt. Alexander Collins, 2nd Lt. Cherie Gambino, 2nd Lt. Devon Meisetschleager, 2nd Lt. Francis Rechner, 2nd Lt. Kevin Romeyn, 2nd Lt. Tyler Schulz, and 2nd Lt. Jennie White.
During the event, loved ones pinned a single golden bar to the shoulders of each new officer, signifying their new rank. After each officer received their first salute, the group took the Air Force Oath of Office, pledging themselves to national service.
Emotions were high as the ceremony concluded with the presentation of awards, as well as a photo montage, displaying each new officer’s enormous growth over the years to reach the place they are now.
We are extremely proud of our new Second Lieutenants and wish them the best of luck throughout their careers!