Oklahoma State University
When a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet successfully completes his collegiate degree and other requirements, he becomes an officer in the U.S. Army through a commissioning ceremony. During the ceremony, a commissioned officer administers the oath of office. At Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Cadet Brenton Weece prepared for his commissioning ceremony and oath like his peers. Unlike his peers, Cadet Weece planned to have his older brother, Adam, administer the oath. This was unique because Captain Adam Weece was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. When Brenton approached the cadre at OSU with the idea of conducting the ceremony via satellite video teleconference, they were extremely supportive and they worked closely with the OSU staff to make the plan a reality. LTC Jeff Hensley took the idea to university officials; they agreed to help with technical assistance. “OSU was awesome,” said Hensley, “They bent over backward to help.” The commissioning ceremony was held on December 18 in OSU’s telecommunications center, a former television studio. At first there were some technical difficulties in setting up the video teleconference due to the available bandwidth with the facilities in Iraq. After establishing a solid connection, Adam was able to administer the oath to Brent, and afterward talk to his family, sending holiday wishes and love to over thirty family members and friends assembled for the event. “It’s a great day for Brent Weece, the Weece family and the United States Army,” said Hensley. During the ceremony, Weece received the rank of second lieutenant and will report to Fort Benning, Ga., for the Basic Officer Leadership Course in January with follow on schools at Fort Knox, Ky.

Cadet Weece is commissioned by his brother CPT Weece serving in Baghdad, Iraq via video teleconference

When a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet successfully completes his collegiate degree and other requirements, he becomes an officer in the U.S. Army through a commissioning ceremony. During the ceremony, a commissioned officer administers the oath of office. At Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Cadet Brenton Weece prepared for his commissioning ceremony and oath like his peers. Unlike his peers, Cadet Weece planned to have his older brother, Adam, administer the oath. This was unique because Captain Adam Weece was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. When Brenton approached the cadre at OSU with the idea of conducting the ceremony via satellite video teleconference, they were extremely supportive and they worked closely with the OSU staff to make the plan a reality. LTC Jeff Hensley took the idea to university officials; they agreed to help with technical assistance. “OSU was awesome,” said Hensley, “They bent over backward to help.” The commissioning ceremony was held on December 18 in OSU’s telecommunications center, a former television studio. At first there were some technical difficulties in setting up the video teleconference due to the available bandwidth with the facilities in Iraq. After establishing a solid connection, Adam was able to administer the oath to Brent, and afterward talk to his family, sending holiday wishes and love to over thirty family members and friends assembled for the event. “It’s a great day for Brent Weece, the Weece family and the United States Army,” said Hensley. During the ceremony, Weece received the rank of second lieutenant and will report to Fort Benning, Ga., for the Basic Officer Leadership Course in January with follow on schools at Fort Knox, Ky.

“ ROTC has given me the opportunity to exercise my leadership skills with my peers and thus developed me into a better person. The benefits far exceed the financial incentives. The friendships and bonds developed in the program will remain with me through and after an Army career. ”

Cadet Christopher Lackey,Las Vegas, NV

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