Saluting 11 cadets for their honor, dedication and commitment, Radford University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps held its annual Highlander Detachment commissioning ceremony Friday, May 4.
Families and friends packed the auditorium of the Hurlburt Student Center to applaud the cadets, each earning the rank of second lieutenant and the authority to carry out the duties of U.S. Army officers.
"It's amazing how much I feel like I've grown," 2nd Lt. Matthew Tyler Broomell said of his RU ROTC experience.
The other graduating cadets were Bradley Keith Ball, Jeremy Bradford Blixt, Laura Theresa Brown, Ryan Austin Bruch, William Kyle Cragg, James Robert McConville, Joshua Nicholas Pearson, Ryan Clayton Timmons, Carolyn Michelle Tucker and Kevin Nash Williams.
Broomell, headed to Fort Benning, Ga., to serve in the armor branch, credited ROTC for helping him to develop skills as a leader, scholar and citizen.
"My leadership abilities, organizational and communication skills have all increased," he said. His cadet experience also earned him "a job right out of college and a chance to serve my country while doing something exciting."