Cadets in UTC’s ROTC program who were commissioned as second lieutenants are, front to back, Mason Beebe, Jordan Bertrand, Dalton Clark, Gage Hainley, Allen Mayo, Crystal Murray, Jarid Prahl and Jonathan White.
- Mason Beebe. Active Duty Infantry. Bachelor’s in criminal justice.
- Jordan Bertrand. Reserve Military Intelligence. Bachelor’s in criminal justice.
- Dalton Clark. Active Duty Ordinance. Bachelor’s in criminal justice.
- Gage Hainley. Active Duty Infantry. Bachelor’s in criminal justice.
- Allen Mayo. Active Duty Ordinance. Bachelor’s in sociology.
- Crystal Murray. Active Duty Nursing. Bachelor’s in nursing.
- Jarid Prahl. Active Duty Infantry. Bachelor’s in environmental science.
- Jonathan White. Active Duty Aviation. Bachelor’s in business entrepreneurship.
On May 3, eight ROTC cadets from UTC earned their commissions into the U.S. Army as second lieutenants.
At the ceremony, which took place in Coolidge Park on the Riverfront, three of the cadets were Distinguished Military Graduates, which means they were in the Top 20 percent of all senior ROTC cadets of every program in the nation.
Crystal Murray earned honors as the top Army Nurse in 7th Brigade of U.S. Army Cadet Command, ranking her as the No. 1 nurse out of all nurses in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
The eight now head to Officer Basic Course, an Army ROTC program designed to teach them how to be an officer in general. The UTC group has three infantry officers, two ordinance officers, one in military intelligence, one Army nurse, and one aviator.
“Becoming a commissioned officer is the culmination of four years of hard work, dedication, and resiliency,” says Maj. Kevin Beavers, head of the Department of Military Science at UTC. “ The path to becoming a commissioned officer is arduous and not to be taken lightly.”