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Lincoln University of Missouri Commissions Two New U.S. Army Officers at Spring 2024 ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Abbey Tauchen | May 17th, 2024

On Friday, May 10, Lincoln University of Missouri held its Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony in Pawley Theatre, where two students — Brendan Berhorst from Westphalia, Missouri, and Amou Riing from South Sudan, Juba — officially became United States Army officers. The commissioning ceremony marks the transformation from cadet to second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The event was officiated by LU Professor of Military Science MAJ J. Marc McQuilliams.

Amou Riing and his family. Newly commissioned officer Amou Riing and his family. Photo credit: Sophie Haight, LU journalism major. 

“The ceremony solemnly commemorated the huge amount of work that Amou and Brendan put into simultaneously attaining their degree while learning how to become a U.S. Army officer capable of listening and influencing subordinates to accomplish organizational goals,” says Major McQuilliams.

Command Sergeant Major Vincent Green, currently assigned to the 84th Chemical Battalion at Ford Leonard Wood, delivered an address as the guest speaker. Addressing the newly commissioned second lieutenants, he emphasized the significance of teamwork and attentive listening as indispensable qualities of effective leadership.

Brendan Berhorst and Dr. MoseleyLincoln University President Dr. John Moseley congratulates newly commissioned officer Brendan Berhorst. Photo credit: Sophie Haight, LU journalism major. 

At the ceremony, 2LT Riing received the branch of quartermaster and was assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia. 2LT Berhorst’s first salute was given by state representative Dave Griffith, and 2LT Riing’s first salute was given by MSG Tim Morningstar. 

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