SHSU Graduates Join the U.S. Army as Officers



Fifteen SHSU ROTC cadets were commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army.
Fifteen SHSU ROTC cadets were commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army.

Fifteen ROTC cadets at Sam Houston State University, including 12 criminal justice majors, were officially commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army during a ceremony last week.

The Bearkat Commissionees are Jessica S. Abbott, Shane G. Coleman, Nico F. D’Amato, Michael P. Duval, Michael J. Feagan, Toby G. Fruge, Jared M. Gantt, Elizabeth S. Hilty, J. Elias Moreno, Connor C. Power, Janie Salazar, Carolyn J. Tatum, Adam J. Weidner, Anthony A. Wilson and Trey D. Withington. They will serve as Second Lieutenants in various branches of the Army, including Transportation Corps, Infantry, Quartermaster, Aviation, Signal Corps, Engineer, Military Intelligence, and Military Police.

The newly designated officers will serve in various division across the country.
The newly designated officers will serve in various division across the country.
Many of the ROTC cadets on campus are criminal justice majors. The two programs complement each other so well, both in practical preparation for careers as well as in having similar goals and objectives.

“The majority of ROTC cadets are criminal justice majors,” said Dr. Holly Miller, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the College of Criminal Justice. “The ROTC and CJ students are interested in very similar things, like peacekeeping and protection.”

Criminal justice students also benefit from the discipline and training provided by the ROTC program.

Lt. Col. David Yebra leads SHSU's Department of Military Sciences.
Lt. Col. David Yebra leads SHSU's Department of Military Sciences.
“We appreciate the wonderful leadership in the Criminal Justice Department,” said Lt. Col. David J. Yebra, commander of the university’s ROTC program. “Our partnership with the department produces great leaders for the Army and for our Country. The skills our Cadets learn in the classroom and in training are complementary resulting in a physically fit, mentally tough, disciplined leader.”
Among the new officers who graduated from the College of Criminal Justice and were commissioned through the ROTC are:

    A cadet makes a presentation to a commander. A cadet makes a presentation to a commander.

  • Abbott of New York, New York, who has a double minor in Accounting and Military Science, will be a Transportation officer in the Army Reserve at Fort Drum, New York.
  • D’Amato of Ennis, Texas, who minored in Military Science, will be an active duty Quartermaster officer with the 209th Aviation Support Battalion in Fort Wheeler, Hawaii.
  • Duval of Willis, who minored in Military Science, received an active duty commission as an Infantry officer, but has not been given his first assignment.
  • Feagan of Somerville, Texas graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a Distinguished Military Graduate in Military Science. He will attend an Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia before his first assignment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
  • Fruge of Warr Acres, Oklahoma, who minored in Military Science, will serve as an Infantry officer in the Texas Army National Guard with the 1-124th Cavalry Regiment in Waco, Texas.
  • Gantt of Spring, Texas graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a Distinguished Military Graduate in Military Science. He will be an active duty Aviation officer assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama.
  • Moreno of Deer Park, Texas had a double minor in Military Science and Psychology. He will be an active duty Engineer officer in Fort Lewis, Washington.
  • Power of Plainfield, Pennsylvania had a minor in Military Science. He will also be an active duty Transportation officer at Fort Drum, NY.
  • Salazar of Fort Worth, Texas r was a Distinguished Military Graduate in Military Science. She will be an active duty Military Intelligence officer in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
  • Weidner of Arlington, Texas had a minor in Military Science. He will serve as a Military Police officer in the Texas Army National Guard with the 712th MP Guard Company at Ellington Air Field.
  • Wilson of The Woodlands, Texas received a BS had a minor in Military Science. He will be a reserve Quartermaster officer in Conroe, Texas.
  • Withington of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma had a minor in Military Science. We will serve as a reserve Engineer officer in the Texas Army National Guard with the 551st Multi-Role Bridge Company at Brenham, Texas.
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