Air Force ROTC Cadets to commission on Friday

Posted: Thursday, 07 May 2009

TROY – Two Trojans will enter the ranks of the U.S. Air Force after they first receive their undergraduate degrees during commencement services.

TROY’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps will conduct a commissioning service at 3 p.m. in Sorrell Chapel on the Troy Campus for Cadet Angela M. Shalduha, a cellular and molecular biology major from Okaloosa County, FL, who will assess as an Active Duty Air Force, Communications and Information Officer.

Both Shalduha and Henry William Hughes, a criminal justice major and native of Eufaula, will be recognized during commencement exercises that begin at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall.

Hughes, who will assess as an Active Duty Air Force Pilot, will officially commission in December 2009 and will attend pilot training in preparation to fly one of the world’s most advanced aircraft, said Lt. Col. Chris Shannon, chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies at the University.

“Our leadership philosophy for our Troy University AFROTC program is for each of us to maintain a positive attitude focused on conviction (passion), commitment (perseverance) and courage (risk-taking) in all walks of life,” said Shannon. “This is critical to the success for our newly commissioned Second Lieutenants upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to accomplish the Air Force mission of flying, fighting and winning in the domains of air, space and cyberspace.”

Second Lieutenant Shalduha is being assigned to the Communications & Information career field and her first duty location will be at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO.