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May 10, 2002
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ROTC Commissioning At Mount Rushmore May 11
Students in the Reserve Officer Training Corps programs at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Black Hills State University and National American University will be commissioned at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Mount Rushmore amphitheater.
The Mount Rushmore Battalion will commission as second lieutenants nine cadets – four from Tech, four from BHSU and one from NAU.
U.S. Army Major General John T. D. Casey, the commanding general for Cadet Command, will speak during the ceremony.
The newly commissioned officers also will take part in the tradition of the silver dollar salute. The salute dates to the earliest days of the U.S. Army. This honored tradition calls for newly commissioned second lieutenants to give a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes them. The coin represents the symbolic receipt of respect due the newly earned rank. It signifies the deep sense of gratitude of the new officer for the knowledge that enlisted soldiers, especially NCOs, have passed on to them during training. It is an expression of respect to duty and to each other that is shared by commissioned officers and enlisted soldiers. It is acknowledgment from one professional soldier to another that welcomes the new officer into the service.
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