University of Wisconsin-Stout

May 12, 2011

Two members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at University of Wisconsin-Stout will receive their military commissions Saturday.

The UW-Stout department of military science will hold the Northwoods Battalion Spring Commissioning Ceremony at 11 a.m. in room 184 of Micheels Hall.

UW-Stout commencement exercises also are scheduled Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., at Johnson Fieldhouse.

UW-Stout cadets receiving commissions will be Bradley Mravik, of Gilman, and Alicia Glanz, of Woodbury, Minn. Zachary Boldon and Travis Messmer from UW-Eau Claire will be commissioned at the same ceremony.

An additional ceremony will be held at UW-River Falls at 5 p.m. in the St. Croix Room of the University Center. Cadets being commissioned include Peter Moseman and Isaac Ramberg.

Retired Lt. Col. Scott Bolstad, a former professor of military science at UW-Stout, will be the guest speaker.

The Northwoods Army ROTC Battalion consists of four universities, including UW-Stevens Point.

In 2005, an ROTC partnership program was established at UW-Stout with 11 students enrolled in ROTC classes. Students from UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls then took their ROTC courses through UW-Stout.

Students enroll in leadership courses as electives in pursuit of a degree of their choice. They are commissioned as second lieutenants.

The battalion trains approximately 115 cadets annually across all academic levels and produces an average of 16 lieutenants annually, culminating with winter and spring commissioning ceremonies.

In military commissioning ceremonies, a cadet is granted authority to carry out the duties as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Cadets take the Oath of Office, similar to the president.

Cadets choose an officer or retired officer to administer the oath. Additionally, family members or others close to those being commissioned pin cadets with gold bars. The ceremony culminates with the newly commissioned officers rendering their first salute to an enlisted soldier of their choice.

The Northwoods Army ROTC Battalion has trained lieutenants who went on to serve in local National Guard and Army Reserve units as well as the active Army. The authority to grant a commission rests with Congress.

For more information, contact Brian Stout, chair of the military science program at UW-Stout, at 715-232-5629 or stoutb@uwstout.edu.

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