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ROTC Eagle Battalion commissions officers

Commissioned officers pictured left to right are Lincoln Memorial’s Rebecca Keast of Maryville. Carson-Newman’s officers include: Kaitlin Lamb, Columbia, S.C.; Joseph Davidson, Morristown; Prestin Cooper, Greenbrier; Connor Moroney, Epsom, N.H.; Nathan A. Robinson II, Richlands, Va.; Matthew Lay, Knoxville; Kenneth Hunter, Richlands, Va.; Cory Strange, Newport; Darrell Wyatt, Richlands, Va.

(June 5, 2014)– Carson-Newman University’s Army ROTC Eagle Battalion commissioned 10 graduating seniors in a ceremony held last month in Dandridge.

General Carl Stiner of LaFollette addressed the commissioning officers. Stiner has served in the United States Army since 1958 when he commissioned from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. He has held numerous senior level positions, served combat tours in Vietnam and Panama, and has extensive background in special operations. He retired in 1993 and was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2004.

Carson-Newman University, the host school, commissioned nine officers, while partner school Lincoln-Memorial University commissioned one officer.

The two programs exist under Carson-Newman’s Eagle Battalion with LMU’s program operating as the Railsplitter Detachment.

Carson-Newman’s ROTC program is ranked number seven in Washington Monthly among the nation’s baccalaureate colleges. The University has hosted an ROTC Battalion since 1971.

Carson-Newman University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The University has 2,045 students and offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

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