Three UNOH ROTC Cadets to be Commissioned on June 11, 2016 at UNOH Event Center

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016

On June 11, 2016 the University of Northwestern Ohio Army ROTC program will be hosting its 4th Army ROTC commissioning ceremony. This event will be held at the UNOH Event Center at 11:00 a.m.

Cadet Brent A. Burnfield, a 2004 graduate of Wapakoneta High School in Ohio, and Cadet James A. Wisniewski, a 2009 graduate of Big Sandy High School in Tennessee, will both graduate with a Baccalaureate Degree in Specialized Studies in Business Administration. Cadet Jonathan R. Balzer, former UNOH men’s basketball player and 2009 graduate from Wakefield High School in North Carolina, will graduate with his Master of Business Administration Degree.

After commissioning to 2nd Lieutenant, Brent A Burnfield will continue on Active duty as an Infantry officer.  2nd Lieutenant James A. Wisniewski will join the Tennessee National Guard as a Quartermaster Officer.  Cadet Jonathan R Balzer will commission to 2nd Lieutenant after completing Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) training at Fort Knox, Kentucky this summer. 

The Ceremony will include the pinning of the 2nd Lieutenant Bars, the Officers First Salute, and the Presentation of their Degree and Commissioning Certificate.  The Commissioning Ceremony recognizes the successful completion of years of training, entry into the Profession of Arms, and through the oath of office the agreement to faithfully protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. 

The University of Northwestern Ohio entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army Cadet Command and Bowling Green State University in 2008 to provide access to ROTC programs to UNOH students.  As a result of the partnership, UNOH students may take Army ROTC for a quarter, 1 year, 2 years, or all 4 years.  The ROTC courses must be taken on the Bowling Green State University campus in Bowling Green, Ohio, once a week.


Army ROTC is one of the Nation's top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining. Through Army ROTC you can:

  • Get help with your college tuition with an Army ROTC scholarship
  • Gain experience you can't find anywhere else
  • Gain the respect of your peers and future employers
  • Train to become a leader and manager

Army ROTC is an elective that students take along with their required college classes that teaches them the skills needed for a successful career.  Students combine classroom time with hands-on experiences and learn leadership and management skills.  Because it’s an elective, students can try it out for their freshman and sophomore years without incurring any obligation to serve in the military.

If students decide they are up to the challenge of leading in the world’s best armed forces, they continue on to the advanced courses of Army ROTC while completing their degree.  During the summer between the junior and senior years, students will attend Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), which will give them hands-on training and the confidence they can’t learn in a classroom.  It is a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets.  Students will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but at graduation they are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant to serve on active duty or with the Army Reserves or National Guard.

Army ROTC has scholarships available.  Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need.    Students compete each year for scholarships that pay all tuition, most fees and an annual $1,200 book fee.  Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year for Cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC.

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