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General Alan Thrasher to present officer commissions to ROTC candidates

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 06/07/05 • Contact Genevieve Haas (603) 646-3661

Major General Alan Wayne "Bud" Thrasher, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Cadet Command, will be on hand to present Dartmouth's Army Reserve Officer Training Corp candidates Elizabeth Hunt '05 and Welton Chang '05 with officer's commissions on Saturday, June 11, at the DOC House at 1:00 p.m. Thrasher's appearance marks a rare visit from a general for a commissioning ceremony.

Major General Alan Thrasher
Major General Alan Thrasher

Cadets Hunt and Chang will receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants  from General Thrasher in a ceremony the day before their graduation. Fellow senior Cadet Nicholas Manners is also graduating but will receive his commission this summer after completing a final requirement. The three cadets are the only seniors among the College's eight cadets.

After receiving their commissions, both Hunt and Chang will be sent to Ft. Benning, Ga., to begin officer training. Both are among a select group of 200 officers to be chosen for a pilot program for training infantry tactics. Following this training, Hunt will finish her training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. and Chang will finish his at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.  Hunt plans to train as a chemical officer within the Army's Military Intelligence department.

General Thrasher, a native of Royston, Ga., received his first commission as a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1972 and has served  all over the world in a wide variety of positions. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, the Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic, and the German and U.S. Parachutist Badges.

About Dartmouth College ROTC

Dartmouth College Army Reserve Officer Training Corps is an extension school for Norwich University. Norwich University is the oldest private military school in the country, one of the five senior military colleges in the country, and also the birth place of ROTC. Past Dartmouth cadets have traveled to former Soviet Republics to train, as well as participated as guerillas for Green Beret training at Ft. Bragg, NC.

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