Baylor ROTC To Commission Two Cadets Dec. 20

Dec. 16, 2003

Baylor University's Air Force ROTC detachment will commission two students as second lieutenants at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Baines-Fentress room at the Bill Daniel Student Center. John Truesdell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Reserve Affairs, will serve as guest speaker at the ceremony.

Receiving their commissions will be David Aparicio from Sugar Land and Christopher J. Babcock of St. Louis. Aparicio earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering and will be a developmental engineer at Rome Research Site in Rome, N.Y. Babcock earned his bachelor degree as a University Scholar and will be entering training to become an intelligence officer.

Truesdell, a Baylor alumnus and member of ROTC, graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. In 1967, he earned a master of science degree in industrial engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

He served for 30 years in the Air Force, both domestically and overseas including tours in Vietnam and Germany. He has commanded in combat, served in the offices of the Army Chief of Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council and was the senior adviser to the California National Guard. He was named Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2002 with responsibility for coordinating, planning and establishing policy for the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Civil Air Patrol.

Truesdell is the recipient of a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star and Air Medal, among other awards.

For more information on the commissioning ceremony, contact Lt. Col. Jeff Bowles, commanding officer of Baylor ROTC, at 710-3513.

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