On May 22 San Diego NROTC commissioned 32 Sailors and Marines to become the newest Officers in the strongest military force in the world. The commissioning ceremony was held at the University of San Diego, Jenny Craig Pavilion. Families, friends, and fellow service members joined together to watch as their friends and loved ones’ hard work and dedication enabled them to accomplish this very notable goal.
Guest speaker, Commander Naval Surface Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, said: “If you only remember one take away from my speech today, please take away this: You have within you the ability to make a difference in someone’s life.”
Each member raised their right hand and took their Commissioning Oath delivered by Vice Admiral Rowden. After taking their oath, families and friends helped pin the new officers. The ceremony was followed by a reception where everyone celebrated this momentous day.
These newly commissioned officers will move on to ships, stations and additional schools around the world. However, this will be a day they remember for the rest of their lives; it is the beginning of an honorable and remarkable life style of leadership--on the job and off. The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Staff and students would like to wish them all a rewarding and successful career with fair winds and following seas.