Columbus State University Army ROTC Commissions 4 Graduates as Officers

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Cougar Battalion cadre of the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps recently commissioned four graduating seniors as second lieutenants.

ROTC, which enjoys a rich history at Columbus State, offers a series of electives that allows students to earn an officer’s commission in the active duty Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard.

Two of the CSU graduates commissioned during an Aug. 6 ceremony – 2nd Lts. Ian Macdonald and Patricia Price – will begin serving in the active-duty Army, with Macdonald assigned to the ordnance career branch and Price assigned to military intelligence. The two other graduates – 2nd Lts. Adam McMahan and David Rice – will serve in the Army National Guard, with McMahan assigned to signal (communication and information technology support) and Rice assigned to armor.

“Many CSU ROTC Cougars have gone before them, serving honorably and always ensuring they accomplish their missions while caring for their soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Michael Feret, CSU’s professor of military science. “We look forward to hearing about their careers, deployments and future successes in the United States military.”

Feret delivered the keynote address for the commissioning ceremony, imploring the new officers to remember the reason they decided to pursue military service.

ROTC at Columbus State and elsewhere consists of both academic classes and hands-on training. Participants learn about leadership and teamwork, as well as such skills as mountaineering, rappelling and orienteering. Anyone can enroll in Army ROTC freshmen and sophomore classes without any obligation to the join the military. ROTC furnishes books, uniforms and other equipment at no cost.

Students who are accepted and decide to complete the program can be commissioned, earning a starting salary of nearly $45,000 as a second lieutenant in the active-duty Army.