MTSU commissions nine as U.S. Army second lieutenants

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U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Daryl Jackson of Oakland, Tenn., receives a hug of congratulations following the spring U.S. Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony held Friday, May 11, at the MTSU Veterans Memorial. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Nine recent MTSU graduates were commissioned as U.S. Army second lieutenants in Murfreesboro earlier this month (May 11) during a formal ceremony at the Veterans Memorial outside the Tom H. Jackson Building on the MTSU Campus. Three of the nine are Rutherford County residents.

U.S. Army Col. Thomas W. Von Weisenstein, Chief of the Joint Staff with the Tennessee National Guard, provided remarks, welcoming them into the next phase of their military careers.

The ceremony is a tradition for the program, which has seen them prepare for service to their country.

Those commissioned as second lieutenants included:

• Salim Altaie, a criminal justice major from Antioch, Tennessee.

• Nicholas Biggers, a criminal justice major from Smyrna, Tennessee.

• Samuel Howell, a criminal justice major from Tullahoma, Tennessee.

• Daryl Jackson, a business education major from Oakland, Tennessee.

• Antonio Johnston, an international relations major from Nashville.

• Brooklyn Kenerson, a nursing major from Gallatin, Tennessee.

• Christian Moskovitz, a business administration major from Murfreesboro.

• Zaire Murray, a criminal justice major from Hermitage, Tennessee.

• Joshua Williams, a criminal justice major from Murfreesboro.

The event marked the final formal ceremony for Lt. Col. Jackie McDowell, who has received a change of assignment to Fort Knox, Kentucky, later this year. He is the chair in the MTSU Department of Military Science.

Maj. Carrick McCarthy will be replacing McDowell. He comes to MTSU in August.

MTSU has more than 240 combined undergraduate and graduate programs. Military science is one of 11 College of Basic and Applied Sciences departments.

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