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General Alan Thrasher to present officer commissions to ROTC candidates

Major General Alan Wayne "Bud" Thrasher, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Cadet Command, will be on hand to present Dartmouth's Army ROTC candidates Elizabeth Hunt '05 and Welton Chang '05 with officers' commissions on Sat., June 11 at the Dartmouth Outing Club house at 1 p.m. Thrasher's appearance marks a rare visit from a general for a commissioning ceremony.

General Alan Thrasher
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. Chang also plans for a future in Military Intelligence and has been assigned to his first permanent duty station in Korea. Both Hunt and Chang may be stationed in Iraq in the future.

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 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.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08