SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – On May 13, Seton Hall University celebrated New Jersey’s eleven newest second lieutenants at the Pirate Battalion annual Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony at Jubilee Auditorium on the South Orange, NJ campus of the University.
“You have the skills sets to lead our country and our soldiers today,” said Lt. Col. Trinidad Gonzalez Jr., professor of Military Science and Department chair.
Maj. Gen. Edward M. Daly, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Materiel Command praised the second lieutenants, congratulating their families.
“I am proud to be here today and to be an American soldier,” he said. “Those who will lead America’s sons and daughters are America’s frontier.”
After administering the Oath of Office, family and friends participated in the pinning of Second Lieutenant Bars on the uniforms. Next was the traditional Silver Dollar Salute.
Each newly commissioned second lieutenant proudly handed a silver dollar to the first non-commissioned officer, who saluted him. That person is typically selected by the newly commissioned second lieutenant as a sign of respect and gratitude to the officer for training him.
The ceremony brought about a sense of eagerness for the eleven graduates.
The Pirate Battalion includes 24 colleges and universities in northern New Jersey.
The 2016 Commissionees include:
Devin K. Borland of Oswego, NY, Seton Hall University, Aviation, National Guard