Newark, DE -- Fourteen University of Delaware students became the newest second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at a commissioning ceremony at the university campus May 28.
Research, Development and Engineering Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground Installation Commander Maj. Gen. Nick Justice acted as commissioning officer and guest speaker during the ceremony.
Justice praised the then-cadets for choosing a career that could be difficult, but promised them it would be a valuable and exciting one. While warning the cadets they would be the least knowledgeable lieutenants in the Army, he also challenged them.
"Now your job is to go out in these next four years and learn the heartbeat of the Army; learn the backbone of the Army, the Non-commissioned Officer Corps; and finally, learn the spirit of the Army. Then, whether you continue your service or choose to return to civilian life, you will have done something that is meaningful to yourself and valuable to our nation," he said.
Justice then administered the oath to the members of the Fighting Blue Hens Battalion. The new lieutenants then came forward individually to have their new rank pinned on by family and friends and receive their first salutes from Battalion Sergeant Major and Senior Military Instructor Master Sgt. Mark Kammer. Each lieutenant passed Kammer a silver dollar while shaking his hand in recognition of the tradition of senior NCOs training the Army\'s newest junior leaders.
The newly commissioned Army officers presented Justice with an engraved beaker in recognition of his role as the leader of the Army's organic research and development command.