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Four cadets from ETSU’s ROTC program receive U.S. Army commission

Contributed • Dec 21, 2018 at 4:16 PM

East Tennessee State University’s ROTC program has commissioned four cadets from the Buccaneer Battalion as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Kathleen Gainey provided remarks at the commissioning ceremony held Friday. She served in the U.S. Army for 35 years and led a major strategic review and period of increasing forces in Afghanistan and decreasing forces in Iraq as deputy commander, U.S. Transportation Command.

As director of logistics for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gainey steered a review of the dependency of contractors on the battlefield and established an Interagency Logistics Council.

She received the National Defense Transportation Association’s Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award for 2011-13.

The four cadets commissioned as second lieutenants graduated from ETSU this fall. They are:

• Austin Bryce Milam was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Armor Corps and will be assigned to the O Troop 4278 ACR upon completion of the Armor Corps Officer Basic Course. He served as the Buccaneer Battalion S3 and held the rank of cadet major.

Milam, the son of Jonathan Milam and Angelia Peak of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, respectively, earned a bachelor’s degree in history.

• James Tybirius Morrison of Johnson City served as the task force commander in the Buccaneer Battalion and held the rank of cadet colonel.

The son of Rhonda Morrison, he earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice and criminology and received his U.S. Army commission as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Upon completion of the Ordnance Corps Officer Basic Course, 2nd lt. Morrison will be assigned to the 776th Maintenance Company in Elizabethton.

Stephen Scheideler was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. He held the rank of Cadet Captain and served as the Buccaneer Battalion S1 and assistant S3.

He is the son of Keith and Cathy Scheideler of Knoxville, and earned a bachelor’s in industrial engineering technology, a minor in finance, and a minor in military science. Upon completion of the Quartermaster Corps Officer Basic Course, 2nd Lt. Scheideler will be assigned to the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Louisville, Tennessee.

Justin Tinsley served as the Cadet Command sergeant major in the Buccaneer Battalion. The son of Jeff and Melissa Tinsley of Dickson, Tennessee, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Chemical Corps.

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