With each graduation day, I am privy to some remarkable, heartfelt and often wonderful stories of tenacity, inspiration and support; and graduation this past Saturday was no exception. This year it seemed that dad stories were on feature and–as a dad myself–these stories resonated with me. Here are two dad stories from ROTC:
COL Eric Killen, who was at UWSP as an Assistant Professor of Military Science from 1997-2000, was on the Commencement platform to administer the oath of office for our newest six second lieutenants. One of those was his son Matthew who has commissioned into U.S. Army Active Duty - Aviation and will be starting flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Cadet Francoi Vang who graduated with a health science-pre-physical therapy degree received his first salute from his father. Cadet Vang’s father inspired Francoi's career path as a member of the Laotian Army and an advisor to the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. CDT Vang is the first in his family to earn a bachelor's degree and will join the Wisconsin National Guard Transportation Corps.
Here is a shout-out to all the dads who have made a positive impact on their children.
Marty Loy, Dean
College of Professional Studies