2024 Officer Commencement


Spring 2024Commissioning Ceremony
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY — FULLERTON ARMY RESERVE OFFICERS’ TRAINING CORPS (R.O.T.C.)

Before I give you, “just the facts,” I wanted to let you know that I had the special honor and privilege to witness the commissioning of my nephew(in-law), Austin Holloway as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. My wife and I are very proud of Austin and his hard work and endurance that allowed him to earn this honor. We thank God for strengthening Austin and blessing Him especially when times were difficult. May the Lord richly bless you Austin, and as you and the entire class said at the end of the ceremony, “TUSKS UP!”

The California State University — Fullerton, R.O.T.C. class of 2024 held a commissioning ceremony to promote 18 members to 2nd Lieutenant. The ceremony began with the arrival of the official party and a prayer of invocation. Then the National Anthem (Star Spangled Banner) was played on guitar by Administrative Support Coordinator: Mr. Kurt Boehmke, which was followed by Professor of Military Science Opening Remarks Guest Speaker Introduction/Speech by CSUF President, Sylvia Alva and Major Diego Barros.

Lieutenant Colonel Sparrow administered the Army Active Duty/Army Reserve Oath of Office, NGO: 578th BEB HHC CO CPT Wei administered the Oath of Office for the Army National Guard, and the Army Active-Duty oath was administered by 1LT Harvey Tran.

Family assisted the new Lieutenant’s individually during the pinning ceremony where they received their bars.

When the new Lieutenants received their first salute from an enlisted soldier according to tradition, they gave them each a silver dollar.

Professor of Military Science Lieutenant Colonel Scott Sparrow gave the closing remarks and then the new Lieutenants recited the Soldier’s Creed and finally the benediction was given, and the Army Song (The Army Goes Rolling Along) was played and then the Official Party Departed.

Cake was served to family and friends gathered in support of the new Lieutenants.

COMMISSIONEES

• Neil Muico Bondoc
• Zephan Gabriel CabreraColon
• Riko Wolfe Cheung
• Levi Robert Enriquez
• Lilian Priscila Floriano
• Austin Grant Holloway
• Antonio De Jesus Hurtado
• Payton Edward Kubalsky
• Isabel Joyce Kwan
• Joshua Ray Martinez
• Christopher Alvin Mucha
• Samantha Razo
• Adrian Anthony Rodriguez
• Ty Alexander Simon
• Calvin Tran
• Hien Hue Trinh
• Scott James Weber
• Mahavirsinh Mayurdhvajsinh Zala

THE SOLDIER’S CREED

I am an American Soldier.
I am a warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy,
the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.

THE ARMY SONG

“THE ARMY GOES ROLLING ALONG” VERSE:
March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free.
Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory.
We’re the Army and proud of our name!
We’re the Army and proudly proclaim:

FIRST CHORUS:
First to fight for the right, And to build the Nation’s might, And the Army goes rolling along.
Proud of all we have done, Fighting till the battle’s won, And the Army goes rolling along

REFRAIN
Then it’s hi! hi! hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong;
For where’er we go, You will always know