Commissions Awarded 13 Second Lieutenants
On Friday, May 11, thirteen University of Arkansas Air Force ROTC Cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
Over 200 attendees were present at the Commissioning Ceremony, which was held at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum in Fayetteville. Lt. Col. Steve Gray, USAF Retired, was the guest speaker. Other distinguished guest in attendance included:
- Jim Coleman, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs
- Stephanie Blevins, Northwest Arkansas outreach coordinator, Office of the Governor
- Col. Frank Long, USAF Retired, Northwest Arkansas Military Officers of America chapter
- Capt. Cliff Mosier, USA Retired, Northwest Arkansas Military Officers of America chapter
The following list includes the commissionees, their earned degrees, as well as their Air Force career fields:
- 2d Lt. Monica Cooper, Master of Public Administration, contracting officer after one year as a Gold Bar recruiter
- 2d Lt. Austin Cowart, B.A. in International Studies, combat systems officer
- 2d Lt. Jared Emberson, B.S. in Kinesiology, pilot
- 2d Lt. Benjamin Fiser, B.A. in International Studies, security forces officer
- 2d Lt. John Hankes, B.S. in International Business, pilot
- 2d Lt. Nicholas Hauch, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, logistics readiness officer
- 2d Lt. Hunter Lee, B.S. in Business Administration, pilot
- 2d Lt. Valentin Lopez III, B.A. in Spanish, intelligence officer
- 2d Lt. Gabriella Marrufo, B.A. in Criminal Justice, intelligence officer after one year as a Gold Bar recruiter
- 2d Lt. Andrew Peterson, B.A. in Political Science, remotely piloted aircraft pilot
- 2d Lt. SondraClaire Sellers, B.A. in International Studies, intelligence officer after one year as a Gold Bar recruiter
- 2d Lt. John Taylor, B.A. in Political Science, combat systems officer
- 2d Lt. Yia "Lucky" Thao, B.A. in Political Science, intelligence officer after one year as a Gold Bar recruiter
The Air Force ROTC Detachment 030 Thunderhawgs are very proud of the new commissionees.
Anna Gray, administrative specialist II
Air Force ROTC
The Administration Building and parking lot will still be accessible while Maple Street is closed for construction from June 25-Aug. 8.
Alumnus J.D. Adams is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic and recently won two national awards for some of the research he conducted at the U of A.
The input received during academic strategic planning and unifying theme development were incorporated into the vision and mission.
George Sabo, director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, looked at a 500-year-old Caddo artifact with the university's new MicroCT imaging system, seeing it from the inside out for the first time.
Professors W. Art Chaovalitwongse and Heather Nachtmann and students Clay Ferguson, Nathan Clark, Alexandra Gentile, Yu "Chelsea" Jin, Alexander Hendrickson and Cesar Ruiz won honors.