Five Howard University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were commissioned second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a May 10 ceremony in Howard’s Armour J. Blackburn University Center. It marked the 94st consecutive year that members of Howard’s Bison Battalion have taken the oath of office. After the students took the oath, family members pinned gold bars on the shoulders of the new second lieutenants: Petitecha Beckford (Army Nurse Corps), B.S. in Nursing; Terrie Hoover (Finance Corps), B.B.A – Accounting; Albert Jenkins (Quartermaster Corps), B.S. in Psychology; Crishemma Livingston (Ordnance Corps), B.A. in Political Science, and James Tsikerdanos (Military Intelligence Corps), B.A. in Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art and Design. Four cadets were also recognized during the ceremony for having earned their Bachelor's degrees. They will be commissioned as second lieutenants after completion of the Leaders Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA this summer.
They are: Torres Hodges, B.A. in Radio, TV and Film (Film Production); Emmanuel Schoolfield, B.A. in Radio, TV and Film (Audio Production); Cashia Thomas, B.A. in Communication and Culture; Brittany Wyatt, B.A. in Radio, TV and Film. Lt. Col. Tyra S. Sellers, Professor of Military Science at Howard, spoke of their accomplishments as well as the responsibilities that lie ahead for the young leaders.
“You are proudly joining those who came before you to form a legacy of quality military officers”, noted Sellers. Brig. Gen. Norvell V. Coots, Surgeon General, United States Forces – Afghanistan/Medical Advisor, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command is an Alumnus of the Howard University Army ROTC program and served as the keynote speaker. His decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. He is a Companion of the Military Order of World Wars, a Compatriot of the Sons of the American Revolution, and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities.