Jim Sánchez / Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – at Friday’s Detachment 847 Commissioning Ceremony, six Angelo State University soon-to-be graduates, were commissioned into the United States Air Force as 2nd Lieutenants.

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) invited guest speaker, Major General Warren D. Berry, who
addressed the six Lieutenants.’ family, friends, ASU President, Brian May and faculty at its 46th annual commissioning ceremony, May 12th, which was held in the CJ Davidson Center on the campus of ASU.

Major Gen. Berry gave three charges to the new Lts.: Benjamin Carney, Todd Duquette, Matthew Eddins, Peter Lennarson, Jake Jackson and Raul Reyes.

The first one was don’t be shy. “The Air Force gave you a scholarship for a reason. We believe in your ability to lead, have faith confidence and trust that our Air Force put in you,” he said. 

The second charge Berry gave was, strive to make a difference.

“There are many people in this world who do what they must, but don’t do what they should.”

The third charge, Gen. Berry gave them was, “Continue to learn.” Berry stated that though ASU was about to confer a degree upon the Lts. they are not done, they are not a finished product. 

“Remember, that professional development is a personal responsibility,” he said.

2nd Lt. Benjamin Carney

2nd Lt. Todd Duquette


2nd Lt. Matthew Eddins

2nd Lt. Peter Lennarson

2nd Lt. Jake Jackson

2nd Lt. Raul Reyes

The commissioning oath is as follows:

“I (First, middle & Last Name) having been appointed a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter, so help me God.” 

The closing remarks were given by Lt. Colonel, Shane Bertolio, AFROTC Det. 847 at ASU.

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