Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

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Commisioning Ceremony Fall 2013

Gen. James W. Bierman


11 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013

SAN DIEGO, California---On December 21, a total of twenty-three college graduates were commissioned as Navy, Marine Corps, and Army officers during the San Diego Joint Commissioning ceremony, atop the USS Midway. Those commissioned consisted of Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, California State University San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene University, and University of Phoenix.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Western Recruiting Region Commanding General, Brigadier General James W. Bierman, Jr., was the guest of honor and gave the commissioning address. While giving the address, Brigadier General Bierman gave words of motivation and wisdom to the graduates to provide encouragement for their transition to leaders as newly commissioned officers.

“There are many challenges ahead but also many opportunities for you all. It will take a great amount of personal and professional courage, a moral compassion to guide you, and you need only to dig in and do the right thing when it counts.”

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. Second Lieutenant McClean said that he is, “extremely happy and glad that all of our hard work paid off. We have been waiting and working hard for this for the longest time.” Many proud parents among the audience were elated while celebrating the commissioning of their children. Ensign Otteson’s father toasted at the reception of how proud he was of his son and all of the new officers, and that he cannot wait to see what they are going to achieve in their careers.


The NROTC/ROTC 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.