WHAT: Five students from West Virginia Universitys Air Force ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants into the active duty Air Force.

WHEN: Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: WVU Erickson Alumni Center

WHO: The keynote speaker will be Col. Edwin T.DocParks, commander of WVU s Air Force ROTC Detachment 915 and professor of aerospace studies. Parks is a career officer with more than 26 years of active duty experience in a wide range of operations, command and staff assignments. He has commanded a missile squadron and an operations group and is a 2002 graduate of the National War College in Washington, D.C. He took command of WVU s detachment in 2007. Parks also serves as an adjunct faculty member for WVU s Division of Public Administration.

Students to be commissioned:

  • Jeremiah Johnson, Air Force, Intelligence

  • Heather Sealover, Air Force, Space and Missiles Operations

  • Holly Thompson, Air Force, Intelligence

  • Harry Trosch, Air Force, Intelligence

  • Daniel Whalen, Air Force, Developmental Engineering

Thompson and Whalen have been named distinguished graduates, a distinction given to the top 10 percent of nearly 2,000 Air Force ROTC graduates nationwide.

* BACKGROUND :* WVUs Air Force ROTC program is designed to give students the leadership skills, knowledge and hands-on experience they need to succeed as leaders and officers in the U.S. Air Force.