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Cadets to Receive
Second Lieutenant Commission

Eight new officers will play a role in the war on terrorism

Story by Mimi Ko Cruz

June 15, 2006 :: No. 260

Six Cal State Fullerton cadets and two cadets from nearby universities stood at attention last month as they received their commissions as second lieutenants in the Army.

As part of the ceremony, the cadets recited their oath of office and their loved ones pinned the gold bars of the second lieutenant onto their uniforms. The keynote speaker was Army Major Gen. John R. Hawkins III, assistant deputy chief of staff for personnel, Department of the Army.

"Within a year from now, all eight new officers will play a role in our nation's global war on terrorism, in some form," said Major Robert H. Medina, assistant professor of military science.

The new officers now are undergoing up to a year of training and, then, will report to their respective duty stations, Medina said.

Here are the CSUF cadets, who also completed degrees, and their eventual stations:

* Erwin Abella, master of arts in political science, Armor, Fort Hood, Texas
* James Griffith, bachelor's degree in political science, Military Police, Fort Bragg, N.C.
* Huy Hua, bachelor of arts in business administration, Quartermaster, Republic of Korea
* Robert Kang, bachelor of arts in criminal justice, Field Artillery, Republic of Korea
* Raymond Lee, master of science in electrical engineering, Signal Corps, Fort Lewis, Wash.
* Anthony Wilson, bachelor of arts in communications, Military Intelligence, California Army National Guard

In addition, Catherine Aboy completed her bachelor of arts in business administration from UC Riverside and will be stationed in the Air Defense Artillery in Germany and Jason Pham completed his bachelor of arts in criminology from UC Irvine and will be stationed in Field Artillery in Korea.

Media Contacts:

Robert H. Medina, Military Science, 657-278-5545 or
Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586 or

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