Monday, May 21, 2018

[448] MTSU commissions nine as U.S. Army second lieutenants

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. —Nine recent MTSUgraduates were commissioned as U.S. Army second lieutenants Friday (May 11) during a formal ceremony at the Veterans Memorial outside the Tom H. Jackson Building.

U.S. Army Col. Thomas W. Von Weisenstein, Chief of the Joint Staff with the Tennessee National Guard, provided remarks, welcoming them into the next phase of their military careers.

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The ceremony is a tradition for the program, which has seen them prepare for service to their country.

Those commissioned as second lieutenants included:

• Salim Altaie, a criminal justice major from Antioch, Tennessee.
• Nicholas Biggers, a criminal justice major from Smyrna, Tennessee.
• Samuel Howell, a criminal justice major from Tullahoma, Tennessee.
• Daryl Jackson, a business education major from Oakland, Tennessee.
• Antonio Johnston, an international relations major from Nashville.
• Brooklyn Kenerson, a nursing major from Gallatin, Tennessee.
• Christian Moskovitz, a business administration major from Murfreesboro.
• Zaire Murray, a criminal justice major from Hermitage, Tennessee.
• Joshua Williams, a criminal justice major from Murfreesboro.

The event marked the final formal ceremony for Lt. Col. Jackie McDowell, who has received a change of assignment to Fort Knox, Kentucky, later this year. He is the chair in the MTSU Department of Military Science.

Maj. Carrick McCarthywill be replacing McDowell. He comes to MTSU in August.

MTSUhas more than 240 combined undergraduate and graduate programs. Military science is one of 11 College of Basic and Applied Sciencesdepartments.

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