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Lincoln University of Missouri Commissions Two New U.S. Army Officers at Fall 2023 Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Abbey Tauchen | December 27th, 2023

On Friday, December 15, Lincoln University of Missouri held its Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony at Pawley Theatre, where two students — Cadet Yolanda Martin from Jefferson City, Missouri, and Cadet Justin Martinez from O’Fallon, Missouri — officially became United States Army officers. The commissioning ceremony marks the transformation from cadet to second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Newly commissioned cadet receives documentation

LU President Dr. John Moseley congratulates newly commisioned ROTC Officer Justin Martinez.

Distinguished scholar, military officer and spiritual leader, Chaplain (Colonel) Khallid M. Shabazz, Ph.D., D. Min., served as the commissioning ceremony guest speaker. With 31 years of experience, he provided the newly commissioned officers with invaluable advice as they prepare to become leaders in the U.S. Army.

“You are the soldiers’ future standing in their presence,” says Chaplain Shabazz. “You are the one that has the power that can change the outcomes of human lives. You see, young leader, you are so powerful, you can also be the leader that with mere words changes peoples’ existence.”

Newly commissioned cadet receives pin

Joe and Pamela Martin pin newly commisioned ROTC officer Yolanda Martin

Martin’s pinning of the rank was performed by Joe and Pamela Martin, and Martinez’s pinning of the rank was performed by Jose and Cynthia Martinez. The first salute to both new officers was given by Sergeant First Class Joshua Crisostomo, USA (Ret).

Congratulations, new officers! 

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