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Six ROTC cadets commissioned as second lieutenants in U.S. Army

Six cadets from the ROTC program based at Georgia Southern University have been commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

Eagle Battalion members Garret Bailey, Robert Doak, Stan Frederick, Jerome Hunt, Alena Parker and Luis Prieto received their commissions during a formal ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building.

Col. James Knauff – the commander of the Sixth Brigade, which includes ROTC programs at college and universities in Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico – gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

Bailey was born to Gayle and Deborah Bailey in Savannah, Ga., and graduated from Trinity Christian School. While at Georgia Southern, he obtained his pilot’s license and was named student employee of the year. He served on the ROTC color guard and was company commander during his MS IV year. Bailey has branched field artillery and will serve on active duty at Camp Casey, Korea.

Doak was born to Brian and Susan Doak in Bamburg, Germany, and graduated from Lowndes High School. While at Georgia Southern, he participated in intramural sports. He served on the ROTC color guard, took part in the Ranger Challenge, and served as battalion commander during his MS IV year. Doak has branched transportation corps and will serve on active duty at Camp Red Cloud, Korea.

Frederick was born to Stan and Carolyn Frederick in Orlando, Fla., and graduated from West Laurence High School. While attending Georgia Southern, he was a Construction Management Guild officer and a member of Sigma Lambda Chi Honor Society. He was the ROTC command sergeant major during his MS IV year. Frederick has branched field artillery and will serve on active duty at Fort Hood, Texas.

Hunt was born to Jerome Hunt Sr. and Michelle Davis in Englewood, Calif, and graduated from Beach High School. While attending Georgia Southern, he held the position of ROTC assistant S3 (operations officer) during his MS IV year. Hunt branched military police and will serve in the Georgia National Guard.

Prieto was born to Juan and Sara Prieto in Acapulco, Mexico, and graduated from Dalton High School. While at Georgia Southern, he participated in intramural sports. He served as ROTC company commander and took part in the Ranger Challenge. Prieto has branched armor and will serve on active duty at Fort Lewis, Wash.

For more on the ROTC program at Georgia Southern, visit http://cost.georgiasouthern.edu/rotc/ or call (912) 681-0042.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 17,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu . – See more at: http://news.georgiasouthern.edu/pressrelease.php?id=900#sthash.oupGDVoI.dpuf

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