CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units will hold a joint ceremony to commission 14 second lieutenants at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Tillman Hall auditorium. Four students will receive commissions into the U.S. Army, and 10 students will receive commissions into the U.S. Air Force.

The ceremony will feature guest speaker U.S. Army Col. Eddy Morehead (retired), who was stationed at and participated in rescue efforts at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Following the commissioning ceremony, the new lieutenants will participate in a Silver Dollar Salute ceremony at Military Heritage Plaza. The ceremony marks the first salute received by the new officer from an enlisted member. As a sign of mutual respect, the officer presents the enlisted member with a silver dollar.

The candidates to be commissioned are:

United States Army

  • Zachary John Kleiner of Clover, majoring in civil engineering
  • Lorenzo Matthew Rice of Loris, majoring in chemistry
  • Taylor Drake Snipes of Belton, majoring in agricultural mechanization and business
  • Hayden Lynn Wilson of Seneca, majoring in mechanical engineering

United States Air Force

  • Molly Kiernan Barbieri of Haddonfield, New Jersey, majoring in nursing
  • Connor Hoke Egbert of Summerville, majoring in civil engineering
  • Kyle Thomas Egbert of Summerville, majoring in civil engineering
  • Mary Rebecca Kretzer of Midlothian, Virginia, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Sean McKennon Osler of West Palm Beach, Florida, majoring in electrical engineering
  • Casey Patrick Moninghoff of Hampton, New Jersey, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Morgan Leigh Norton of Belton, majoring in chemistry
  • Katherine Elizabeth Reft of Herndon, Virginia. majoring in materials science and engineering
  • Parker William Vansickle of Greenfield, Minnesota, majoring in computer engineering
  • Jeffrey Stephen Wood of Holladay, Utah, majoring in construction science and management

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