Five LSU graduates commissioned into the U.S. Army

Five LSU graduates commissioned into the U.S. Army
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POSTED: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 1:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 1:49pm

Five LSU graduates were commissioned during the Summer Commissioning Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast and Environment Building. Louisiana National Guard Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, the adjutant general for the state of Louisiana, was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

All five of the graduates are from the Army ROTC and will be recognized during LSU's Summer Commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3. The following is a list of commissionees by hometown:

LSU Army ROTC:

Cleveland, Ga. - 2nd Lt. Mitchell Edward Daugherty received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the College of Science, with a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. Daugherty will branch ordinance. His first duty station is with the 139th Regional Support Group of the Louisiana National Guard stationed in New Orleans. It is a tradition in the U.S. Army for newly commissioned officers to give a silver dollar and first salute to a non-commissioned officer. Retired military police 1st Sgt. Phillip Daugherty received this honor from his son Mitchell.

Dallas, Texas – 2nd Lt. Michael Tyler Gaul received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminology from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. Gaul will branch infantry. His first duty station is with the 3rd Stryker Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. Former Staff Sgt. Mike Carter received the silver dollar and first salute from Gaul, his nephew.

Westwego – 2nd Lt. Michael Justin Pigford received a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from the College of Engineering, and a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. He will branch in the Corps of Engineers. His first duty station is with the 927th Sapper Company in Baton Rouge. Staff Sgt. Derrington Irwin received the silver dollar and first salute from Pigford.

Gonzales – 2nd Lt. Thomas Benson Plunkett IV received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre with a concentration in performance from the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, and a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. He will branch infantry. His first duty station is with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. Sgt. John Cody Canal received the silver dollar and first salute Plunkett.

Baton Rouge – 2nd Lt. Gerard Avery Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the College of Science, with a minor in professional leadership development from the Department of Military Science. Smith will branch military intelligence. His first duty station is with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 2, 156th Infantry of the Louisiana National Guard in Lafayette. Retired Master Sgt. Johnell Joseph received the silver dollar and first salute from Smith.

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