Media Advisory: WVU ROTC students to be commissioned into Army

December 15th, 2008

* WHAT :* Eight West Virginia University ROTC cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants into the Army and enter into active duty or the Army Reserves, which includes the Army National Guard.

* WHEN :* Tuesday (Dec. 16), 10 a.m.

* WHERE :* Gluck Theatre, Mountainlair, WVU

* WHO :* Brig. Gen. James A. Hoyer will give the commissioning address. Hoyer is director and joint staff of the West Virginia National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Charleston. He also serves as commander for the West Virginia National Guard Homeland Defense Joint Task Force and has worked full-time with the program since 1998.

Those being commissioned in December include:

  • Cory M. Bates, Ordnance Corps, active duty
  • Lori B. Gatrell, Medical Services Corps, active duty
  • Thomas M. Stevens, Chemical Corps, Army Reserves
  • Joshua E. Dodson, Engineer Corps, West Virginia Army National Guard
  • Kathryn R. Harvey, Military Police Corps, West Virginia Army National Guard
  • Daniel I. Holzer, Engineer Corps, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
  • Joshua B. Poling, Engineer Corps, West Virginia Army National Guard
  • Keith A. Toohey, Ordnance Corps, West Virginia Army National Guard

* BACKGROUND :* ROTC is a four-year program. All students who are commissioned through their participation in ROTC undergo a variety of training, during which they are evaluated on their leadership, academic and physical skills.

WVU s ROTC program was recognized in 2007-08 as the best program in the Eastern Region of the United States and in turn was awarded the General Douglas MacArthur Award.

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Twenty-two students are also expected to be commissioned into the Army as officers in May, an overall increase of about 15 percent from last year.