Commissioned to Serve

Three ROTC Cadets Participate in Live-Streamed Commissioning Ceremony

Commissioned to Serve

Three 2020 graduates of Gardner-Webb University's ROTC Program recently participated in a live-streamed commissioning ceremony. The event celebrates their graduation and achievement as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

Second Lieutenant Larri Robinson is pursuing active duty as a nurse. Second Lieutenant Timothy Kinuutila will serve in the National Guard, and Second Lieutenant Jeremiah Hansen will enter the Army Reserves.

Several Army officers congratulated the cadets by sending videotaped messages, including the Hon. Ryan D. McCarthy, 24th Secretary of the U.S. Army. He told the graduates, “What I would offer to you is a single touch point you can always return to no matter where you find yourself in life. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

Gardner-Webb has had an ROTC presence since the 1990s, when the GWU students could enroll in Army ROTC at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

However, the current program came into existence with the Partnership Agreement signed in July 2004 by the U.S. Army, UNC Charlotte and Gardner-Webb University. In the Spring of 2005, GWU Army ROTC became "C Company, 49er Battalion." The 49er Battalion consists of the following schools: UNC Charlotte, Belmont Abbey College, Davidson College, Johnson & Wales University, Winthrop University, Gardner-Webb University, Queens University, Johnson C. Smith University, Wingate University, Pfeiffer University, Lenoir Rhyne, and Central Piedmont Community College.

ROTC cadets use their talents in various fields in the military, including infantry, engineers, tankers, military police, and in health care such as nursing. Students receive in-depth instruction in the art of leadership and the science of management, which is augmented by practical exercise on a weekly basis.

Learn more about Gardner-Webb’s ROTC program