Seven seniors, including four Hofstra students, were commissioned as officers in the grade of Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the United States Army when Hofstra University’s Military Science Department celebrated its Spring Commissioning Ceremony at The Helene Fortunoff Theater in Monroe Lecture Center. Hofstra is a host university for the Senior Army ROTC Program on Long Island and for some additional area institutions.
The ROTC Cadets participated in moving traditions, including the Silver Dollar Salute symbolizing an officer’s first salute and having their 2LT rank fastened on their uniform by spouses, parents and other family members.
The guest speaker for this ceremony was Colonel Joseph D. Davidson, Garrison Commander, Ft Hamilton, NY, a Cavalry officer who has served in a variety of command and staff positions in combat brigades throughout the US and overseas to include multiple combat deployments to Iraq.
This year’s commissionees include:
2LT Brandon Balfour (DMG), Hofstra University, BBA in Business Management – Infantry
2LT Adrie Moses-Bailey, Hofstra University, BBA in Finance – Field Artillery
2LT Joseph Morgan, Hofstra University, BA in History – Aviation
2LT Tiffany Nieves, Hofstra University, BA in Criminology – Quartermaster
2LT Ryan Scaggs, Adelphi University, BFA, Theater Arts – Military Intelligence
2LT Brian Somar (DMG), Molloy College, MS, Criminal Justice – Military Intelligence
2LT Kyle Walker (DMG), SUNY Farmingdale, BS, Criminal Justice – Military Intelligence
DMG or Distinguished Military Graduate is an honor bestowed to undergraduates who rank in the top 20 percent of Army ROTC graduates nationwide.