The ROTC program at Shippensburg University is proud to announce the commissioning of 10 cadets. Ship honors all military student achievements, from academic success to acts of courage, Ship’s cadets have demonstrated exceptional leadership. 

Winter 2023 graduate, Garrett Zary began his military career by commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Active Duty Signal Corps on December 16th. He is training at the Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Eisenhower, GA, and will soon be deployed to Qatar. 

A cohort of senior cadets, graduating in the spring and summer commissioned as Second Lieutenants in various Army career fields. These individuals include Michael Ardise, Camryn Cerminaro, Connor Crawford, Hannah Culp, George Drivas, Riley Gladhull, Robert Lissner, Anthony Shires, Jack Sweigart and Rylie Traxler. 

Ship’s cadets exemplified outstanding performance during their summer training. Senior George Drivas earned the “Leadership Excellence Award. Also, Drivas and Robert Lissner earned the RECONDO honors, surpassing the high standards of the physical, tactical and leadership tests in training camp.

Senior Ryle Traxler received the ROTC Medal for Heroism, the highest honor that a cadet can earn. Traxler courageously responded to a vehicle accident, her selflessness and immediate action make her a commendable hero.

Seniors Robert Lissner, Hannah Culp, Riley Gladhill and George Drivas were recognized as Distinguished Military Graduates, placing them in the top 20 percent nationwide for their academic leadership and physical fitness capabilities. 

Rylie Traxler and Mason Keoth were named Cadets of the Month by the 2nd “Freedom” Brigade, Traxler also getting recognized as the US Army’s cadet command’s hero of the battlefield. 

The many achievements of Ship’s ROTC cadets shows their commitment to leadership and service, encompassing the values of the ROTC program and prepping them for success within their military careers. Ship is proud to have commissioned the 10 listed cadets into the US military. To view pictures from the ROTC commissioning, click here.

Other notable achievements include: Junior Mason Smith participated in a panel discussion at the US Army War College’s Army Expo, Senior Hannah Culp served as a keynote speaker at the PASSHE Veterans Day Ceremony, Sophomore Colin Arnold was appointed as Shippensburg University’s Council of Trustees and retired Lieutenant General Karen Dyson will soon be inducted into Shippensburg’s William H. Burkhart Army ROTC Hall of Fame for her distinguished service. 

To read more about the numerous accomplishments from Ship’s cadets,  check out the Raider Battalion Fall 2023 Newsletter.