JOINT COMMISSIONING CEREMONY NROTC/AROTC/AFROTC
1000 Saturday, December 20, 2014
SAN DIEGO, California---On December 20, a total of twenty-four college graduates were commissioned as Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army officers during the San Diego Joint Commissioning ceremony, atop the USS Midway. It was a beautifully sunny day and the ceremony went off without a hitch. Those commissioned consisted of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, University of California san Diego, and California State University San Marcos.
Marine Corps Installation West-MCB Camp Pendleton Commanding General, Brigadier General Edward D. Banta was the guest of honor and gave the commissioning address. While giving the address, Brigadier General Banta gave words of motivation and wisdom to the graduates to provide encouragement for their transition to leaders as newly commissioned officers. He was joined on stage with the three commanding officers of the ROTC units as well as Congressman Scott Peters, who also offered some brief words of wisdom.
Several enlisted and officer military members, mentors, family members, and friends participated in the pinning on of the rank insignia, along with the tradition of giving and receiving the first salute, for the newly commissioned lieutenants and ensigns. Many more crowded into the seats to watch these young men and women take the biggest step of their military career. The commissioning ceremony at the USS Midway today was the end of one journey for these young men and women, but truly it was just the beginning of endless opportunities and unlimited potential awaiting their officer careers. We wish every single one of them the best in their future military service.