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Five ROTC Cadets Commissioned Officers at Commencement


Lt. Col. Mike Warren administers the Oath of Office to Mathew Scott Brandow, Mikeal Curtis Brooks, Timothy William Burrows, Andrew George Gebert and William George Truett as they are commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

WILLIAMSBURG, KY.—During Commencement exercises on May 3, five cadets of the University of the Cumberlands ROTC program received commissions as officers in the United States Army. Lieutenant Colonel Mike Warren, assistant professor of military science, administered the Oath of Office to Mathew Scott Brandow, Venice, Fl.; Mikeal Curtis Brooks, Powder Springs, Ga.; Timothy William Burrows, Williamsburg; Andrew George Gebert, Columbus, Ohio; and William George Truett, London, as they assumed the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Each of the new officers received assistance from one or two family members with pinning on the gold bars that signify a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The ceremony concluded with the observation of a time-honored tradition of the United States Army as each officer received his first salute by a non-commissioned officer (NCO), and in return, presented the NCO with a silver dollar. Master Sergeant Mike Siler saluted Brandow, Brooks and Burrows. Master Sergeant (R) Richard Patterson saluted his grandson, Gebert, and Truett received his first salute from his father, Sergeant (R) James Truett.

Following the commissioning, the Captain Scott Robert Cummins Commitment to Service Award was presented to Truett. The award consists of a $1,000 uniform allowance and a plaque, which reads: "Be it known to all that 2nd Lt. William G. Truett has made a commitment to serve his country as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. This award represents the level of commitment exemplified by the service of Captain Scott Robert Cummins.” The award honors the son of two special UC friends, Glen and Judy Cummins, who was killed serving our country on January 31, 1997. Truett was also named a Hutton Scholar, an honor presented to graduating seniors who have 200 or more, documented, volunteer service hours.