Two Niagara University graduates who are newly commissioned second lieutenants will take their military oath again in front of a national audience at 10 a.m. June 12 during a live virtual commissioning ceremony from the Pentagon. The event, hosted by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, will be livestreamed via its Facebook and YouTube live events pages.
Trevor Kline, from Wayland, N.Y., and Faustina Remaniak, from Cordova, Md., will be among the more than 1,000 cadets and officers from across the country who are participating in the online event, which will celebrate their transition to officers in this novel way during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Despite the circumstances we were put in due to the pandemic, it is an incredible opportunity to take the oath amongst my peers nationwide,” said Kline, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management and will be stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala., in the Aviation branch. “It is a unique experience that will connect all the future leaders of our Army.”
“To commission as an officer into the United States Army and take the oath with my peers from across the nation is an incredible and humbling experience,” said Remaniak, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a minor in military science, and will be commissioned into Military Intelligence with a branch detail in Armor. “Countless men and women have served before us, devoting years to this country, while others paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I cannot wait to serve alongside the men and women of the United States Army."
“This ceremony provides Faustina and Trevor with a very unique opportunity to receive the Oath of Office from the Secretary of the Army with their peers across the country,” said Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski, professor of military science for the Army ROTC program at Niagara University. “It’s symbolic of the Army’s resiliency to adapt and overcome challenging conditions in order to continue developing future leaders for our Army and for our nation.”
The online ceremony complements one that Niagara University hosted on May 23 from various campus locations, during which seven cadets were commissioned and received their gold bars.