URI plans military commissioning
ceremony on Jan. 8
KINGSTON, R.I. -- December 28, 1999 -- The University of Rhode Island
Military Science Department Winter 2000 Commissioning Ceremony will be held
at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 8 in the Galanti Lounge of the University
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at URI, known as
the Cramer's Sabers Battalion, is composed of students from URI, Roger Williams
University in Bristol and Salve Regina University in Newport.
The ceremony is conducted in accordance with a long-standing Army tradition
during which newly commissioned officers are sworn into the service and
have their gold second lieutenant's bars pinned upon their uniforms. The
five commissionees are senior members of ROTC.
Receiving commissions from the University of Rhode Island are:
Second Lieutenants John Breen (Military Police Corps) of Bronx, N.Y.
Peter Dickerman (Signal Corps) of Warwick, R.I.
Jeffery Scott (Transportation Corps) of Carolina, R.I.
Brian Whitehead (Air Defense Artillery) of North Kingstown, R.I.
Michael Grzybowski (Military Police Corps) of West Kingston, R.I.
Master Sergeant Brian Briggs will present the traditional first salute
to the new officers as they formally begin their careers as Army officers.
The newly commissioned second lieutenants will return his or her salute
and present him with a silver dollar.
In related news...
During the 1999-2000 school year, a record number of ROTC cadets will
be commissioned (5 in January; 11 in May). This is the largest number of
students to earn their commissions at URI in the last 10 years.
Two of the five January commissionees have received scholarships valued
at close to $50,000. An additional two commissionees received tuition money
from the GI Bill and participation in the Simultaneous Membership Program
(SMP) with the Rhode Island Reserves.
The Army ROTC program contributes $800,000 annually to URI in the form
of scholarship tuition payments. Forty-seven percent of eligible cadets
at URI receive ROTC scholarship benefits. The benefits consist of full
tuition and mandatory fees, as well as an annual book allowance of $450
and monthly $200 stipend.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116