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May 07, 2007
UD ROTC Commissions Cadets

Three Army ROTC cadets will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants during a May 11, 2007 ceremony at the University of Dubuque. The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Charles and Romona Myers Center Auditorium, and will feature Lieutenant Colonel Todd M. Jacobus as the keynote speaker. The ROTC Eagle Detachment, headquartered at the University of Dubuque, is open to students from all three Dubuque institutions - UD, Loras, and Clarke - as well as the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

"This is the capstone event of a two-year process towards commissioning," said Colonel Daniel Kammiller, assistant professor of military science. "These outstanding students have volunteered to endure the extra training in order to earn the great responsibility of becoming the leaders of our sons and daughters in our nation's army."

Cadets being commissioned are: Marcus A. Anderson, military police - a UW-Platteville criminal justice major, son Wayne and Mikealynn Anderson of Elkhart Lake, WI; Tyler E. Junker, military intelligence - a University of Dubuque business major, son of Mr. Tracy Junker of Mannheim, Germany; and Allison R. Maas, medical service - a University of Dubuque nursing major, daughter of Terry and Pam Maas of Dixon, IL.

Keynote speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Todd M. Jacobus, serves as the Recruiting and Retention Commander of the Iowa Army National Guard. He has received numerous awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Iowa Humanitarian Service Ribbon, and the 2005 Milton A. Reckord Outstanding Army National Guard Battalion Award.

He is a member of numerous military professional associations including American Legion Post 728, Veterans of Foreign War Post 9127, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and the Masonic Lodge of Iowa, and Boy Scouts of America.

LTC Jacobus received a bachelor of arts degree in English and a secondary education teaching certificate from the University of Iowa in 1989, and a masters degree in public administration from Drake University in 2002.

The Army ROTC program's primary purpose is to develop leaders through classroom study, hands-on-training, and team building exercises. Students gain the leadership skills necessary to
succeed in both civilian careers and in the military. A values-based program, ROTC focuses on integrity, personal courage, respect, and honor as the basic foundation upon which successful and competent leaders are built.