They began the ceremony as cadets; at its end they were 2nd lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force.
About 450 people gathered Saturday, June 5, on the Loyola Marymount University campus to see 21 Air Force ROTC officers commissioned, including four from LMU. Those 2nd lieutenants are now on active duty and are already transitioning to their first assignments. The class, drawn from LMU, UC Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach and Biola University, has been training and studying for this moment for four years, in addition to their academic course of study.
“I recruited them as freshmen,” said Capt. Charles Washuk, assistant professor of aerospace studies at LMU. “This has been a very impressive class, hardworking and very driven. They also are very good academically.”
The four LMU graduates are: 2nd Lt. Kohl Hensler, 2nd Lt. Toni Shorma, 2nd Lt. Mackenzie Shribbs and 2nd Lt. Jonathan Wavell. Shorma and Shribbs are the first two women to pursue medical school in Washuk’s four-year tenure, and both had near 4.0 GPAs. Wavell and Hensler are headed to military intelligence school at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas.
The cadets took the officers’ oath of office, were pinned with their rank and took their first action of active duty – the first salute. To mark that occasion, the cadets gave a silver coin to the first enlisted personnel to offer their salute.
Pictured: 2nd Lt. Kohl Hensler, 2nd Lt. Toni Shorma, 2nd Lt. Mackenzie Shribbs and 2nd Lt. Jonathan Wavell.
Posted June 7, 2010