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05-21-2014

Clarkson University Air Force ROTC Students Commissioned

Four students from Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 536 at Clarkson University were recognized during the annual commissioning ceremony at Cheel Arena on May 9.

Clarkson University Air Force ROTC Cadets Justin Harrington (second from right) and Robert Timian (right) were recently commissioned cadets into the U.S. Air Force. Matthew McChesney (left) and David Siembida (second from left) will receive their commissions at a later date.Two students commissioned during the ceremony and two others were recognized as commissioning in the near future.

Justin Harrington of Vestal, N.Y., and Robert Timian of South Royalton, Vt., were commissioned as second lieutenants.

Harrington, who graduated with a civil engineering degree, was also an ROTC Distinguished Graduate. The Distinguished Graduate Award recognizes exceptional graduates who have set themselves apart by making extraordinarily significant contributions to our program and/or communities. It is a unique honor bestowed by the AFROTC program to recognize graduates whose accomplishments are inspirational and provide examples to all other graduates and cadets.

Timian graduated with a civil engineering degree. He has held numerous leadership positions within the cadet wing, including inspector general. He was responsible for ensuring the cadet wing was operating in compliance with established policies.

After commissioning, both Lt. Harrington and Lt. Timian will attend undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin Air Base Texas, Texas, to become pilots in the United States Air Force.

Also recognized was Mathew McChesney, scheduled to commission on June 27. He is from Brewerton, N.Y., and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. After commissioning he will attend undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., to become a pilot in the Air Force. As a cadet wing commander during the fall 2013 semester, he was responsible for the overall operation of the cadet wing. He served as a liaison and representative of the corps to the University, community, and detachment staff members.  

From Clarkson AFROTC's partnership school, SUNY Potsdam, David Siembida, graduated with a political science degree. He is from Chaumont, N.Y. After commissioning he will attend undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. As the cadet wing operations group commander, he was responsible for the planning and coordination of all practical military training.  

Clarkson University President Tony Collins delivered the opening remarks at the commissioning. The guest speaker was Col. Timothy J. LaBarge, who graduated from St. Lawrence University and is currently the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, N.Y.

Every year, the AFROTC Detachment 536 commissions undergraduate degree cadets as second lieutenants. AFROTC is a college program with academic, physical and leadership laboratory requirements. It is designed to prepare a cadet for appointment as a commissioned officer, and builds confidence, inspires selflessness, and instills integrity and self-respect.

Becoming a military officer requires extra training, education and expertise. In exchange for the increased responsibility, officers receive superior benefits and excellent credentials valued by both military and civilian employers. For an individual with a four-year college degree, it can be the real-world work experience necessary to advance a career. It is a head start on a lifetime of success, within the Air Force and in everything they choose to do.  

For more information about the Air Force ROTC program at Clarkson University, go to http://www.clarkson.edu/airforcerotc/what_is.html.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo Caption: Clarkson University Air Force ROTC Cadets Justin Harrington (second from right) and Robert Timian (right) were recently commissioned cadets into the U.S. Air Force. Matthew McChesney (left) and David Siembida (second from left) will receive their commissions at a later date.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/air-force-rotc-2014.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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