Friday, June 1, was a special day for more than a dozen Sacramento State Air Force ROTC graduates who were commissioned on the State Capitol steps.
The newly minted second lieutenants received their gold bars, snapped a salute, then fielded congratulations and hugs from the more than 200 family and friends who attended the ceremony.
Matthew Harris, B.A. with honors in Social Science, was cited as the detachment’s Distinguished Graduate.
Peter Blomquist, B.S. in Management Information Systems, will attend Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
Alicia Bookman, B.A. in Sociology, will be assigned to Force Support following a year as a recruiter at Sac State.
Johnathan Crawley, B.S. with honors in Criminal Justice, will attend Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
Matthew Harris, B.A. with honors in Social Science, will report for Euro-NATO Joint Jet Training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Harris was cited as the detachment’s Distinguished Graduate, an honor that he will carry through his entire career.
Jeffrey Jordan, B.S. in Business Administration, will attend Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
Anthony Lee, B.S. in Business Administration, will be a recruiter at the University of Texas at San Antonio and will then be assigned to contracting.
Elliott McNelis, B.A. in Psychology, will attend Remotely Piloted Aircraft School at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
Natalie Parkinson, B.A. in Criminal Justice, will report to technical school at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., for Space and Missiles and will then be assigned to Thule Air Force Base, Greenland.
Donovan Ricks, B.S. in Business Administration, will attend Aircraft Maintenance Officer Training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
David-Zacharie Romero Sellona, B.S. in Business Administration, will be an Aircraft Maintenance Officer at Macdill Air Force Base, Fla.
Nathan Stroupe, B.S. in Management Information Systems, will attend Aircraft Maintenance School at Shepard Air Force Base, Texas. He will then be stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Leah Tacosa, B.A. with honors in History, will attend missile training at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Max Walker, B.A. in Geography, will train as a space and missile officer at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Krystal Winkler, B.A. in Psychology, will report to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state as a force support officer.
John Guzman, bachelor’s degree with summa cum laude honors in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla., will report for Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Guzman completed his aerospace classes at Sac State.
Lt. Col. Richard E. Aaron, Detachment 88 commander, is proud of the detachment’s impressive success rate in slotting pilot-trainee candidates. Students apply for these highly competitive slots in their junior year. All of this year’s medically qualified applicants were accepted by a review board at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. That speaks well for an AFROTC unit just 29 years old – particularly when the national average is about 60 percent.
Sacramento State’s AFROTC program prepares students to become junior officers in the U.S. Air Force on active-duty assignments ranging from four years to a possible career spanning two decades or more. Two more Sac State graduates and three UC Davis graduates are set to join these new lieutenants within the next few months.
– Alan Miller