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Commissioning ceremony held May 7 at ASU

Article Published: May. 27, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Commissioning ceremony held May 7 at ASU

Newly commissioned second lieutenants and Appalachian State University graduates are Thomas B. Reeves, left, Samuel K. Wellborn, Landon E. Shuff, Peter S. Jacob, Tara R. Matchulat and Michael P. Hoffman. The new officers received their lieutenant bars and first salutes as officers during ceremonies May 7 at Appalachian.

Photo by Marie Freeman

Six newly commissioned officers and Appalachian State University graduates already have the skills they need to serve as leaders in the U.S. Army, said Maj. Sean Moser during commissioning ceremonies held on campus May 7.

Moser is the executive officer of the 120th combined arms battalion in the N.C. Army National Guard.

The new officers, however, will continue to learn and gain experience that will serve them throughout their careers, he said.

"As you go forward, everything you do should guide you to obtain the skills you need to be the best you can be," he said.

Surrounding themselves with others who also are great leaders, and challenging themselves every day will also build their skills as officers, Moser added. "Use this time wisely, it will be one of the best experiences of your life."

Moser joined the Army National Guard in 1987. He was deployed to Operation's Desert Shield and Desert Storm and has been part of the U.S. State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team working to rebuild in the South Baghdad region.

Officers commissioned during a May 7 ceremony at Appalachian were Michael P. Hoffman, Peter S. Jacob, Tara R. Matchulat, Thomas B. Reeves, Landon E. Shuff and Samuel K. Wellborn.

Hoffman, a political science major, will join the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Jacob, a physical education major, will join the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, N.Y.

Matchulat will join the N.C. National Guard 105th Military Police Battalion in Asheville. She majored in political science.

Reeves, a biology and secondary education major, will join the N.C. National Guard 1451st Transportation Company in Boone.

Shuff, a communication and advertising major, is joining the U.S. Army Reserves Signal Corps at Fort Eustis in Virginia.

Wellborn will join the 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He majored in biology and secondary education.

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