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Two U.S. Air Force cadets and four U.S. Army cadets have completed Elon’s ROTC program and will enter the military.

Six Elon seniors have been sworn in and commissioned into the US Air Force and US Army before graduating from college as members of the Class of 2022.

Stephen Haley and Theodore Thomas were commissioned Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force in a joint ceremony held Friday, May 13 at High Point University. Richard Bright, Patrick Brundidge Jr. Victoria Sardegna and Austin Stillman were celebrated with family, friends and supporters in attendance at the commissioning ceremony held Thursday, May 19 at Holt Chapel on South Campus of Elon.

Elon President Connie Ledoux Book chats with the Elon cadets before their commissioning ceremony on May 19.

Elon offers its ROTC program under a cooperative agreement with NC A&T State University and Lt. Col. Linda S. Winn, professor of military science at NC A&T, noted in her welcome remarks at the The Holt Chapel Ceremony as Commissioning is a time-honored tradition and rite of passage from ROTC cadet to military officer. “These are no ordinary students,” Winn said of the cadets. “They have already shown their leadership abilities. They are smart officers. They persevered. »

The commissioning ceremony is the culmination of four years of training and marks the beginning of military service for each. By taking the oath, each has sworn to support and defend the American Constitution. Each newly appointed officer becomes an officer of the executive branch of government, appointed by the President based on the Officer Nomination Scroll signed by the Secretary of Defense for the nomination of each nominee which has also been approved by the United States Senate.

Victoria Sardegna ’22 having her second lieutenant’s bars pinned to her uniform by her parents, Rob and Maria Sardegna, during the May 19 commissioning ceremony.

Offering words of wisdom to the four cadets as they prepare to begin their military careers was former Lt. Col. John Kirchgessner, who was commissioned into the US Army Air Defense Artillery after graduating of Elon in 2002. With a career that includes deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Kirchgessner is currently Chief of the Air Defense Branch under the Personnel Management Division of officers at Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

“I look forward to seeing your continued growth,” Kirchgessner told the cadets. “What you’re about to get into is incredibly difficult, if you do it right.”

2nd Lt. Richard Bright Elon graduates with a bachelor’s degree in finance. During the commissioning ceremony, he was pinned by his mother, Cinda Bright, and brother, Jonathan Bright, and received his first salute from Master Sgt. Brian Boyt. He will serve in the Ordnance Branch and complete the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Lee, Virginia.

2nd Lt. Patrick Brundidge Jr. Elon graduates with a bachelor’s degree in business management with a focus on project management and was named a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was pinned down by his parents, retired Lt. Col. Patrick and Ursula Brundidge, and received his first salute from the retired sergeant. William Rivera. He will serve in the infantry branch and complete the Basic Infantry Officer Leadership Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.

2nd Lt. Victoria Sardinia Elon graduates with a BA in International and Global Studies. She was pinned down by her parents, Rob and Maria Sardegna, and received her first salute from Master Sgt. Brian Boyt. She will serve in the military intelligence branch and attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

2nd Lt. Austin Stillman Elon graduates with a bachelor’s degree in finance. She was pinned down by her parents, Bradford and Christa Stillman, and received her first salute from Master Sgt. Brian Boyt. He would serve in the medical services branch and complete the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, before attending flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, en route to becoming a MEDEVAC pilot.

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