Troy University ROTC student to receive first salute from brother serving in Iraq

Posted: Monday, 30 August 2007

Aug. 24: Troy University’s Army ROTC program will have a special commissioning ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Troy Campus.

Cadet Eric J. Sattelberg will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Part of the ceremony will include a “first salute” from his brother, Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Sattelberg, who is stationed in Iraq, via television monitor. The long-distance salute will be made possible by Freedom Calls Foundation.

The ceremony will feature remarks by Maj. Gen. Gerald O. Dial (retired), a member of the Troy University Board of Trustees.

Media wishing to cover this ceremony should be in place by 8:45 a.m. on August 24. Available for interview will be 2nd Lt. Sattelberg, and Capt. Jim Holder, Troy University Army ROTC.

Media Contacts:

For Troy University: Tom Davis, Director of University Relations, 334-670-3196 (cell 334-268-9981), Clif Lusk, Coordinator of University Relations, 334-670-3196 (cell 334-268-9982) or Capt. Jim Holder, Army ROTC, 334-670-5623

ABOUT FREEDOM CALLS FOUNDATION: Working closely with corporate contributors, individuals, and the military, Freedom Calls Foundation has deployed its first wireless VOIP telephone and video conferencing services in an Army Camp located in the Sunni Triangle. The Foundation's network offers 50 soft-phones and 20 hard-phones, 6 video conferencing stations, 10 video email stations, and 50 computers with email and internet access. As a result the more than 10,000 soldiers in the camp will be able to communicate with their families and loved ones at home on a regular basis free of charge. The Foundation's network offers soldiers more than 8,000 miles away the opportunity to participate in milestone family events such as births, birthdays, weddings and school graduations.