From cadet to commission: Members of the Class of 2021 become officers in the U.S. Armed Forces

More than 150 Citadel cadets accept commissions during joint ceremony

The United States Armed Forces now have more than 150 new officers.

In a joint commissioning ceremony — held on Friday, May 7 — approximately 27% of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2021 accepted commissions into the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Though ceremonies are usually held in different locations and at different times on campus, this year’s joint ceremony was held in McAlister Field House.

The joint ceremony included the now-officers reciting their oath, as well as having gold bars pinned on their uniforms by their sponsors.

Immediately following the ceremony, the commissionees gathered on Summerall Field where they received their first salutes as officers.

The Class of 2021 has 116 cadets accepting Army commissions, 28 accepting Air Force commissions, 15 accepting Navy commissions and 12 accepting Marine Corps commissions.

The commencement ceremony for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets is held the day after the commissioning ceremonies.

The 116 cadets accepting Army commissions include:

Carson AdamsHarrison Hemminghaus
D’Andre AdamsLiam Henderson
Jenna AdcockCatherine Hill
Allyson AnsellMichael Hocutt
Heath BakerMatthew Hurtt
Michelle BanzonJonathan Jarrett
Andrew BarnesPatrick Johnson
Jack BeehlerJacob Josepher
Christian BentWesley Kelley
Adam BlankenshipTanner Kennaw
Brian BolchozJeffrey Kidner
Ruby BoldenJohn Kidner
Robert BrabstonJacob Knapp
Donald BrechtelJames Kober
Louis BulnesJoseph Lucarelli
Tamia BurchJames Maddox
Patrick CamatchoJames Maddray
Andrew CaronWilliam Martin
Garrett ChristieHunter Mills
William ClementsHunter Neeley
Micah CohenHouston Osborne
Keegan ConnollyKenslee Padgett
Darien CooperWilliam Peeler
Theodore CoppolaWilliam Rathke
Delson CowardBenjamin Richardson
Jesse CrookDerrick Robertson
William CurtisJonathan Robinson
Michael CurtisKrishawn Royal
Christian DejongAdam Russell
Matthew DevinePedro Sharpe
Parker DicksonJames Shields
Matthew DixonDouglas Smith
John EggersHalston Smith
Tyler EllisonZion Smith
Aaron FanninEthan Stanley
Robert FenneyIan Stephan
Miles FilippisYudai Stout
Robert FisherClifford Swindel
Samuel FohnConnor Thomas
Etienne FonteneauEvan Timpner
Nicholas FricchioneCody Turner
Christopher FrickeRobert Tywater
Christopher FurmanickBenjamin Walker
Timothy GilletteMatthew Wall
William GrantCorey Watson
Alfred GreggColton Webster
Thomas HammerstoneChase Wengerd
Joshua HardestyJonathan Westmoreland
Hamilton HardmanRyan Williams
Bryce HarringtonJustice Woods
Conner HaysRonald Zappendorf

The 28 cadets accepting commissions into the Air Force include:

Conrad BornemanJohn Kreisler
Kevin BrownLillian Layden
Taurus BrownMichael Lopouchanskiy
Robert CrawfordCharles Marsh
Riley DavisMarshall Mckee
Simon de OleoCaleb Moseley
James DixonTimiebi Ogobri
Owen DunneOlivia Rentz
William FenlaysonChristian Seidler
Justin FriedlanderCameron Thomas
Noah HammondJames Walker
Daniel HaydelJoanna Winborn
Garry HaywoodBrian Wise
Karl Knizek

The 15 cadets accepting Navy commissions include:

Isaac Al-TamimiNick Piacentini
Andrew BrabazonEthan Powers
Daniel EstebanLogan Scronce
Aaron GilbertoGarrett Sebold
Joshua GorczynskiPeter Tillman
Ulysses GrisetteJacob True
Katryn HollingsworthPhillip Wellons
Roman Kokowsky

The 12 cadets accepting commissions into the Marine Corps include:

Andrew DesjardinsRegina Miles
Samantha EngelSamuel Poulin
Joseph FieldSean Reen
Jeremy GentleGunnery Sgt. Ronald Reid
John LassiterAlexei Severnyak
Brock MehlCharles Thorne