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Dec. 17, 2001

16 NC State University Students to Receive Military Commissions


Sixteen North Carolina State University students are set to receive commissions in the U.S. armed forces at a joint Air Force-Army-Navy-Marine Corps ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, in the Grand Ballroom of the Talley Student Center.

Seven students will receive U.S. Air Force commissions, four will receive Marine Corps commissions, three students will receive U.S. Navy commissions, and one will student will receive a U.S. Army commission.

Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Peppe, a 1970 graduate of NC State's Air Force ROTC program, will deliver the ceremony's keynote address. Maj. Gen. Peppe is the Air Force chief of safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center.

Oaths of office will be administered by Lt. Col. Michael Wawrzyniak, professor of military science; Col. Joseph Fitzpatrick, professor of aerospace studies; Capt. Dennis Haines, professor of naval science; and Capt. Edward Sager, marine officer instructor. Welcoming remarks will be delivered by Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.

The 16 soon-to-be-commissioned officers are expected to receive bachelor's degrees earlier in the day at NC State Commencement ceremonies. ROTC cadets receive commissions upon completion of their degree requirements.

Following is information about soon-to-be U.S. Air Force second lieutenants from NC State, including academic majors, hometowns and names of parents:

GOLDSBORO – Eric L. Corpuz, biological sciences, son of Elizabeth and Leon Corpuz.
NEWLAND - Adam D. McKinney, psychology, son of F. Aneda Johnson and Gerald McKinney.
PEACHLAND – Jeffrey S. Crider, aerospace engineering, son of Lanne Burr and Jeff and Debbie Crider.
RALEIGH – Benjamin D. Caricofe, mechanical engineering, son of Dara and Ralph Caricofe.

DOVER – Scott J. Tullis, chemical engineering, son of Ruth and John Tullis.

DEARBORN HEIGHTS – Jeanette R. Rivera-Breznai, political science, daughter of Carol McComas and the late-Erminio Rivera.

BURKE – Dennis C. Lewis, agricultural business management, son of Pamela and Col. Dennis Lewis.

Following is information about soon-to-be U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenants from NC State, including academic majors, hometowns and names of parents:

LILLINGTON – Matthew Sinnot, sociology.

CLEVELAND – Mark E. Bailey, political science, son of Frances and Ron Bailey.

SHREVEPORT – Jeffery M. Roper, history.

WORCHESTER – Christopher E. Bourbeau, information systems management, son of Beverly Hodgdon and Alfred Bourbeau.

OSHKOSH – Timothy B. Egan, business management, son of Diane and Bernard Egan.

Following is information about soon-to-be U.S. Navy ensigns from NC State, including academic majors, hometowns and names of parents:

JACKSONVILLEJynelle L. McCoy, applied mathematics, daughter of Cynthia and William McCoy.

ATLANTA – Robert E. Johnson Jr., political science, son of Joyce Johnson.

WEST PLAIN – Devin L. Hibbits, agriculture, son of Alice Sloan.

Following is information about the soon-to-be U.S. Army lieutenant from NC State, including academic major, hometown and names of parents:

RALEIGH – Richard S. Scoggins, mass communications, son of Susan and Michael Scoggins.

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