ROTC

Five University of Central Oklahoma students, along with one student from a partner university, received military commissions in connection with the completion of the UCO Army ROTC program and degrees during the university’s annual spring commissioning service held May 10 at Central. Pictured from left to right, 2nd Lts. Erik E. Gonzalez, Spencer C. Grider, Kaden A. Secrest, Cody L. Giblet, Seth M. Shaffer and Lester L. Joash celebrate their commissioning.

Five University of Central Oklahoma students, along with one student from a partner university, received military commissions in connection with the completion of the UCO Army ROTC program and their academic degrees during the university’s annual spring commissioning service held May 10 at Central.             

Army ROTC serves as the largest commissioning source for the Army, producing approximately 70 percent of all the officers for the active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Cadets complete a rigorous curriculum of classroom and leadership lab instruction, physical training, and various summer training opportunities, all while attending college as full-time students.           

The newly commissioned UCO students are:

  • • 2nd LT Cody L. Giblet, from Canute, Oklahoma, earned a bachelor’s degree in professional media. He will serve as a field artillery officer in the Oklahoma Army National Guard. 
  • • 2nd LT Erik E. Gonzalez, from Los Angeles, California, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He will serve in the U.S. Army on active duty as an armor officer.
  • 2nd LT Spencer C. Grider, from Lewisville, Texas, received his bachelor’s degree in general studies. He will serve the U.S. Army on active duty as an air defense artillery officer.
  • 2nd LT Kaden A. Secrest, from Stillwater, Oklahoma, is a distinguished military graduate and received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He will serve the U.S. Army on active duty as an infantry officer.
  • 2nd LT Seth M. Shaffer, from Bedford, Pennsylvania, is a distinguished military graduate and received his master’s degree in political science-international affairs. He will serve as an infantry officer on active duty. 

Central’s Army ROTC program is host to five active affiliated universities: Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma City University, Southern Nazarene University, Southwestern Christian University and Langston University, allowing non-UCO students to commission through the UCO Army ROTC program with the completion of a bachelor’s degree at their home university.

The newly commissioned student from an affiliated university is:

  • • 2nd LT Lester L. Joash, from Edmond, Oklahoma, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma Christian University. He will serve as an engineer corps officer.

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