Four ROTC Grads from TAMUCC Commissioned into U.S. Army

Four Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at an ROTC pinning ceremony on Friday.

The students -- Joel Barba, Martin A. Garza, Jesus M. Pena and Jerrimiah Duncan Webb -- successfully completed the Islander Battalion ROTC program, were given their lieutenant bars and the "silver dollar salute" at the ceremony, which was held in the University's Harte Research Institute. They will both be graduating from TAMUCC on Saturday.

In addition to being commissioned as a second lieutenant of the U.S. Army, Barba was honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was presented with a sabre. In order to be a DMG, you have to be in the top 10-percent of the nation's entire ROTC graduating class.

Brigadier General Orlando Salinas spoke at the pinning ceremony. He graduated in 1984 as a DMG when the University was still called Texas A&I. Since then, he has served in the U.S. Army and the Texas Army National Guard.


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