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Clarkson University Army ROTC Cadet Takes Oath via Skype from Father in Afghanistan
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Cadet Andrew Nelden of Felts Mills, N.Y., was one of nine Army ROTC cadets from Clarkson University’s Golden Knight Battalion to sign his contract and take his oath of enlistment earlier this semester.
This contracting ceremony is an annual event that signifies a commitment by the cadet to pursue an Army commission, and the Army’s commitment to train the future officer and provide financial benefits.
Nelden’s oath was administered by his father, Lt. Col. Jeffery R. Nelden, via Skype from Kandahar, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Nelden is the Regional Command South Provost Marshal and Chief, Afghan National Police Development Officer.
Attending the ceremony stateside were Andrew Nelden's mother, Jennifer, and his grandparents, Cynthia and Douglas Goodhue.
Video of Cadet Nelden’s oath can be found at http://on.fb.me/o5dwPd .
Other cadets contracting and taking their oath that day were four-year scholarship winners Jon Sheckler of Phelps, N.Y., Kyle Chapman of Palmyra, N.Y., Jacob Hewitt of Durham, N.H., and Garret Michalek of Mayfield, N.Y.
Three-year scholarship winners Matthew Brosseau of St Albans, Vt., and Tanner Jones of Fort Drum, N.Y., were sworn in, along with Matthew Coryea of Bedford, N.H., and Jacob O’Brien of Watertown, N.Y., who joined as non-scholarship Cadets in their junior year.
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Photo caption: Clarkson University Army ROTC Cadet Andrew Nelden has his oath administered by his father, Lt. Col. Jeffery R. Nelden over Skype from Kandahar, Afghanistan.