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ROTC Cadets Commissioning May 24

Graduating Seniors To Become Army Second Lieutenants

May 13, 2013


Twenty-five U.S. Army cadets in Cal State Fullerton's Reserve Officer Training Corps will be commissioned May 24 for duty as second lieutenants. The ceremony’s keynote speaker will be Major Gen. David Walden Puster, commanding general for the 84th Training Command in Fort Knox, Ky.


May 24 at 10 a.m.


Lawn west of the Engineering BuildingCal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


The ROTC program welcomes cadets from other universities and colleges, as well as CSUF. The cadets, who are completing bachelor degrees, their cities of residence and educational institutions are:

  • Aliso Viejo — Timothy A. Chan, business-accounting, Biola University
    Thomas T.  Nguyen Vu, anthropology, CSUF
  • Anaheim — Joshua D. Draper, history, CSUF
  • Bellflower — Antonina E. Cabuang, human services, CSUF
  • Chino Hills — Lauren M. DeShay, business administration-accounting, CSUF
    Justin Suk, criminal justice, CSUF
  • Corona — Brian M. McNeilly, biblical and theological studies, Biola
  • Costa Mesa — Ronald B. Snow, business administration-management, CSUF
  • Fullerton — Jeffrey M. Veloria De Castro, child and adolescent development, CSUF
    Joshua D. Gonzalez, criminal justice, CSUF
    Julius L. Hardi, business administration-accounting, CSUF
    Donald M. Kidwell, sociology, CSUF
    Thomas C. Matthews, history, CSUF
    Robert J. Santa Ines, political science and history, CSUF
  • Huntington Beach — Tim D. Dole, health science and business administration, CSUF
  • Irvine — Paul J. Blenz Jr., business administration, CSUF
    Johnathan P. Gopen, criminal justice, CSUF
  • La Mirada — Rebekah J. Maxwell, psychology, Biola
  • La Palma — Eric Kang, criminal justice, CSUF
  • Mission Viejo — Isaac W. Cho, child and adolescent development, CSUF
  • Palm Desert — Abe Rodas, kinesiology, CSUF
  • Santa Ana — Ramon Aguas, criminal justice, CSUF
    Oliver R. Lopez, psychology, CSUF
    Sandra Rojas, history, CSUF
  • Yorba Linda — Katharine J. Twigg, biblical and theological studies, Biola

Once commissioned, most of the soon-to-be new officers will undergo up to a year of officer training, then report to their respective duty stations in the United States or abroad.

Top Cadets:            

Julius L. Hardi, Rebekah J. Maxwell and Brian M. McNeilly will be honored as "Distinguished Military Graduates" for being among the top 20 percent of all graduating cadets in the nation.

Special Recognition:    

Congressional and state Senate certificates of commendation will be awarded to each cadet.


$8 for a daily permit or $2 per hour in select locations. Details available online.

Media Contact:

Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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