WVU Army ROTC hosts online commissioning ceremony


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On Wednesday, May 12, 22 West Virginia University Army ROTC Mountaineer Battalion Cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants during the annual Spring Commissioning Ceremony.

Brig. Gen. Murray E. “Gene” Holt, Assistant Adjutant General – Army and commander of the West Virginia Army National Guard — presided over the commissioning ceremony and served as the keynote speaker. As the Assistant Adjutant General, he provides command and control over all Army National Guard forces assigned to the state and is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General on all matters related to the Army National Guard. 

Lt. Col. Travis Betz, Professor of Military Science, and Master Sgt. Joseph Turley, Senior Military Instructor, presented the Cadets for commissioning, according to a press release.

“When you add in three we graduated in December, and three more over the last week at Fairmont State and Waynesburg U, and another 5–6 expected in August, this is what I think is the largest commissioning class since the mid-1990s,” John Dowling, WVU Army ROTC said in an email.

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