Guam – The University of Guam Senior Army ROTC Triton Warrior Battalion held its Fall 2013 Change of Command, Change of Responsibility and Awards Ceremony on September 13 at the UOG Field House in Mangilao.
Hosted by new Professor of Military Science, Lieutenant Colonel Jay A. Blakley, the ceremony commemorated the beginning of an exciting new semester for the Triton Warrior Battalion.
The ceremony highlighted the exchange of command from outgoing Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ronnel Baris to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Wes Tomokane. Cadet Command Sergeant Major (C/CSM), now Second Lieutenant (2LT) Lloyd Abigania transferred responsibility of the battalion to C/CSM James Chin, thus exemplifying the acceptance of responsibility and the professionalism of the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps to perform the duties entrusted to him by the Commander.
[Incoming Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Wes Tomokane addresses his fellow cadets at the UOG Army ROTC Change of Command and Awards ceremony.]
The Army ROTC program was established at the University of Guam on October 19, 1979. In nearly 25 years, the local program and has commissioned over 350 Triton Warriors into the United States Army in service to the Nation all over the world. There are currently 130 Cadets proudly enrolled and learning to lead in the University of Guam’s Senior Army ROTC Triton Warrior Battalion.
In addition to the Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony, eight Cadets Contracted into UOG Army ROTC, seven National Scholarships were awarded, one Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD / USAR) scholarship was awarded, and eight Board of Regents Major Henry San Nicolas Ofeciar Scholarships were awarded. The ceremony also highlighted 13 Senior Cadets completing this summer’s Leadership Development Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), and two Leader’s Training Course Graduates at Fort Knox, Kentucky.