Two Gonzaga ROTC Cadets Commissioned in White House Ceremony
Army Commander Returns to Alma Mater for Honors
The graduation spotlight shone on the Gonzaga University ROTC program, as two Bulldogs were recently commissioned as lieutenants in a White House ceremony hosted by President Bush, while a Bulldog Battalion alumnus, who is now an Army commander, was honored by his alma mater, Gonzaga.
The Bulldog Battalion, Gonzaga's Army ROTC unit that includes students from Gonzaga, Whitworth University and the Intercollegiate College of Nursing, sent 23 lieutenants into the Army Officer Corps this year at the commissioning ceremony that was held on Friday, May 11, in the Globe Room of Gonzaga's Cataldo Hall.
Following the GU commissioning, Gonzaga senior Cadets Sarah Starr and Peter Gilroy departed for the nation's capital to be commissioned at the White House by the Secretary of Defense on May 17th. The commissioning was hosted by President Bush, who addressed the cadets before they took the Oath of Office. Lt. Col. Allen Patty called the White House commissioning "an enormous honor because they are two of 22 selected from approximately 5,000 Army ROTC cadets from around the nation."
Army Man Takes Integrity Far
MAJ. Gen. Jason K. Kamiya, a 1976 Gonzaga alumnus and commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76 in Afghanistan from February 2005 to February 2006, was the guest speaker for the GU ROTC commissioning. Kamiya, a distinguished military graduate, also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Gonzaga at its undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13 in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Kamiya, now stationed at Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., was honored for his more than three decades of service to this country and the safety and freedom of its people.
"This is a prestigious award and General Kamiya is most deserving," said (Ret.) Lt. Col. Alan Westfield, assistant professor of military science at GU. "We all can be proud of his achievements as well as the fact that Gonzaga will honor one of our own."
The 23 Bulldog Battalion cadets being commissioned this year include 20 GU graduates, and three from Whitworth; two of the GU graduates attended the Intercollegiate College of Nursing.
2007 Young Alumni Award Recipient: Justin M. Horgan ('02)
Established in 2006, the Young Alumni Merit Award is presented annually to an outstanding graduate of the last ten years who has shown leadership and inspiration to young alumni through club participation and in events of a social, spiritual, community service and/or continuing education nature.
The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional achievements in career, public service and/or volunteer activities that bring honor to Gonzaga University. Nominations are submitted by alumni, friends, and staff members for committee consideration.
Justin Horgan a 2002, Gonzaga ROTC Alum, on receiving the Young Alumni Award "It's an honor to accept this award on behalf of all of the people who have gone through the Gonzaga ROTC program," he said. "The Bulldog Battalion has not only affected the lives of those cadets who have walked the halls of Gonzaga, but has truly affected those around the world."