Dressed in ceremonial uniforms, five members of the Class of 2022 marched to the Moore Theater’s Center Stage on Saturday to take the officer oath of the U.S. Army as Second Lieutenants during a commissioning ceremony service rich in military, Dartmouth and family history.

The five officers:

  • Charles S. Fenn ’22, a government major who was recognized as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, grew up in Houston. He will be commissioned as an active duty field artillery officer and complete the Basic Field Artillery Officer Leader Course at Fort Sill, Okla.
  • Kristofer W. Hammon ’22, who majored in math with a minor in Chinese language and an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, is from Los Angeles. He will be commissioned as an engineer officer and will complete the Basic Engineer Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve from New Jersey.
  • Ian K. Hou ’22 enlisted in the Army Reserve shortly after high school. After undergoing advanced individual training as an intelligence analyst, he headed to Dartmouth, where the New Jersey native earned a dual major in computer science and Chinese language and was a member of the Army ROTC program. He will enter the army reserve as a cyber operations officer and, as a civilian, will work as a software development engineer in New York.
  • Logan Z. Lukenda ’22a government major with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies, grew up in Colts Neck, NJ He will be commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer and will report to the Basic Military Intelligence Officer Leadership Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona , before serving in the new Jersey Army National Guard.
  • Scott Ritter’22majoring in economics with a minor in history who was recognized as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, grew up in West Hartford, Conn. ., then fly helicopters with the Connecticut National Guard.

Government professor Lisa Baldez greeted the cadets at the start of the ceremony, noting that her two sons are both Dartmouth graduates and her eldest, US Marine Corps Captain Joe Carey ’15, received his commission to officer at Dartmouth’s seventh graduation weekend. years ago.

Government professor Lisa Baldez, whose son Capt. Joe Carey ’15 became a Marine Corps officer upon graduation, called herself a ‘Navy mom’ as she thanked the families of new officers . (Photo by Rob Strong ’04)

“I believe Dartmouth also prepared you for military service by instilling in you intellectual curiosity and a love of learning,” Baldez said.

She pointed to Phil Klay ’05, who was commissioned into the Marines upon graduation and deployed in 2007 and 2008 to Iraq’s Anbar province. Klay’s collection of short stories, Redeploymentwon the National Book Award for fiction in 2014 and is on many literary lists of great war novels, she said.

“You wouldn’t think being an English major would prepare you for war,” Baldez said. “But what Phil read helped him make sense of his experiences. Upon his return, he used the skills he had developed at Dartmouth to write stories that conveyed those wartime experiences in a way that civilians could understand.

And speaking as a “Navy mom,” Baldez raised the families of new Army officers.

“Welcome to the military family community, cadets, welcome to the long and proud history of Dartmouth graduates serving in the United States military.”

“Thank you for your commitment to serve our country. Congratulations to each of you.

Major Nicholas Spaulding, assistant professor of military science and Dartmouth ROTC program officer, invited families and friends of the cadets to stand with their cadet before calling ‘attention to the commands’ and taking the oath commissioning of the five second lieutenants into the US Army.

Spaulding then called on the families of the new officers to pin the bars – the insignia of their new rank – on their shoulders, and he introduced the new second lieutenants to applause and cheers.

In his closing remarks, Col. Erik Fessenden, Joint Director of Staff of the New Hampshire National Guard, hailed the five Army officers, calling on them to uphold the highest ethical standards, uphold democracy American and to always engage respectfully with their community.

As commander of the New Hampshire National Guard and Reserve, he said he’s heard from so many soldiers that their deployment to administering New Hampshire’s COVID-19 vaccination sites over the past two years, working for community public health, was the most fulfilling job of their careers.

And Fessenden urged new officers, regardless of their rise through the ranks, to remember that their job is to serve.

“I would say to you as lieutenants, don’t get caught up in all the pomp, don’t get caught up in the salutes, don’t get caught up when you walk into the room and people get up,” Fessenden said. . “Remember to be a humble servant leader.”

The audience made up of students, families, friends, professors and administrators rose for the singing of the The army is leaving at the end of the procedure. As the official army song ended, graduates and officers greeted their guests and joined in for hugs and photos.