TROY ROTC commissions eight in Mitchell Hall ceremony

Posted: Thursday, 05 May 2011

TROY – Eight Troy University Army ROTC cadets have become the U.S. Army's newest second lieutenants in an afternoon ceremony in Wendell Mitchell Hall.

The cadets were reminded that their greatest leadership responsibility was to set the example for troops in their command.

"It takes many, many months to build a sterling reputation," said Col. Edgar L. Smith (retired), "but only a few moments to tarnish it forever. Each of these cadets are entering as volunteers and pledging their lives to protect our freedoms. Troy University and your family are counting on you to do right in all that you do."

Smith, who served as a platoon leader, commander, executive officer and intelligence officer in Vietnam, retired from the Army in 1993 after having served in numerous posts around the world, including Deputy Commander, Special Operations Command South in Panama and as State Inspector General, Alabama National Guard. After retirement, he started a Junior Army ROTC battalion at Calhoun and Central high schools in Lowndes County.

Commissioning today are:

    Adam Case, a criminal justice major from Mobile;
    Allen Chrans, a criminal justice major from Omaha, Neb., and a distinguished military graduate;
    Joseph Hill, a social science major from Hendersonville, N.C., and a distinguished military graduate;
    Garnett Lias, a criminal justice major from Pittsview, and a distinguished military student;
    Adam McPherson, an international relations graduate student and distinguished military graduate from Samson;
    John Rush, a criminal justice major and distinguished military graduate from Philadelphia, Penn.;
    Blaise Staub, a criminal justice major from Montgomery graduating Magna Cum Laude; and
    James Watkins, a social science major and distinguished military graduate from South Central Los Angeles, Calif.
Rush ranked in the top five percent of all 2,700 ROTC graduates on the National Order of Merit list, while Chrans was the tenth-ranked cadet in the nation and ranked sixth nationally among active duty ROTC cadets.

Troy University's Army ROTC program commissioned eight cadets as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Thursday, May 5 in Wendell Mitchell Hall. From left, they are Adam Case, Allen Chrans, John Rush, Blaise Staub, James Watkins, Adam McPherson, Joseph Hill, and Garnett Lias. (TROY photo)