MANOA, Hawaii - The University of Hawaii (UH) conducted a commissioning ceremony for 25 graduates of the UH-Manoa, Army ROTC program, May 17, at the Kennedy Theater on the campus, here.

Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, U.S. Army-Pacific, swore in and provided words of wisdom to the newly commissioned officers.

Mixon presented the Silver Star to the family of 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom, Class of 2006, "Chosen" Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in action in Wanat, Afghanistan, July 13, 2008. Brostrom's brother, newly commissioned 2nd Lt. Blake Brostrom, accepted the medal for his family.

Other presentations included the annual "Warrior of Manoa" award to the top graduating senior, 2nd. Lt. Natalia Cardona, by Allen Hoe, Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army, West Oahu; Distinguished Military Graduate certificates to seven cadets achieving a standard of top 20-percent in the nation amongst more than 5,000 cadets by Mixon; and the State of Hawaii Governor's recognition for all graduating seniors by Maj. Gen. Robert Lee, adjutant general, State of Hawaii.

The swearing in included a pinning of rank and first salute from an enlisted member of the Army.