USARPAC commander guest speaker at ROTC commencement ceremony

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Gen. Vincent Brooks (right), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, swears in 30 cadets during the University of Hawaii’s 104th ROTC commencement ceremony, May 19. Twenty-five of the cadets will serve in the active Army and five in the Hawaii National Guard.

Gen. Vincent Brooks (right), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, swears in 30 cadets during the University of Hawaii’s 104th ROTC commencement ceremony, May 19. Twenty-five of the cadets will serve in the active Army and five in the Hawaii National Guard.

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson
Army News Service
HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii at Manoa hosted its104th Reserve Officer Training Corps spring commencement ceremony at the Kennedy Theatre, May 19.
Thirty cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants; 25 joined the ranks of the Army and five raised their hands to serve the Hawaii National Guard.
Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army-Pacific commanding general, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Brooks gave the cadets advice for success in the Army. He said three words that begin with the letter “L” will help them become successful while in the military.
“First listen to your noncommissioned officers,” he said. “They have experience, and they will advise you on the right path to walk. Listen to the voices of your Soldiers and their families, because you’re charged with their care and well-being.”
Brooks stated the second L stood for learn and that the cadets should always strive to learn the profession they are about to join. The final L was to lead. Brooks stated that, even as second lieutenants, the Soldiers would expect the new lieutenants to lead them.
As the cadets transitioned from student status to the Army or the HIANG, they donned their gold bars, ready to teach others some of the valuable lessons they’ve learned over the years. The cadets did more than just graduate; they had prepared themselves for a new life in the military.
Some of the cadets had prior military service, and some are currently in the military, but decided to become commissioned officers.
“It’s been a long, bumpy three years to get to this point, but it feels amazing,” said 2nd Lt. Dylan Foreman, newly commissioned officer. “I owe it to my friends, family, loved ones and cadre. They are the reason that I’m here today. I’m going to take what I’ve learned here from the University of Hawaii and use it to develop the Soldiers that I’m put in charge of.”
UH has prepared the newly commissioned for their next chapter in life as a professional in the Army. Foreman will begin his career assigned to USARPAC.
(Editor’s note: Richardson  works at USARPAC.)

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