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Joint ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Hosted by ODU on Friday, May 8

From Here, ODU ROTC Grads Truly Go Anywhere.

A total of 59 new officers of the Old Dominion University Army ROTC and Naval ROTC Unit Hampton Roads will be commissioned at a May 8 ceremony. Shortly afterwards, they will receive their command posts, and will be deployed around the world, helping to protect our nation's freedom.

Friday's ceremony, held in conjunction with Old Dominion's May commencement, will take place at 9 a.m. in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The guest speaker for the ceremony will be Brig.-Gen. Brian P. Cummings, a 1987 Old Dominion biology graduate who is Program Executive Officer Soldier for the U.S. Army.

Cummings was commissioned a second lieutenant (infantry) in the Army through the Old Dominion Army ROTC. He earned an MS in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas and an MS from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, in 2010.

Cummings has served in a variety of command and staff positions. In 1994, he joined the Acquisition Corps, serving as executive officer to the deputy chief of staff for combat developments from January 1996 to January 1998 and as assistant TRADOC system manager - Soldier from January 1999 to June 2001. His program assignments included tours as assistant product manager for the land warrior program at PEO Soldier from June 2001 to June 2003; associate director for early test bed engineering at the Missile Defense Agency from June 2003 to February 2005; and product manager ground soldier system from May 2005 to August 2009.

He deployed to Iraq as chief of staff for the deputy commanding general (advising and training) from June 2010 to June 2011. From June 2011 to February 2014, he served as project manager, mobile electric power and as deputy PEO combat support/combat service support from February 2014 to November 2014. He also served as a company grade officer in several command and staff positions in infantry assignments.

The ceremony will also include greetings from Old Dominion President John R. Broderick; Norfolk State University Interim President Eddie N. Moore; and Hampton University President William R. Harvey who lead the joint ROTC unit's participating institutions.

ROTC commanding officers, Capt. Daniel S. Cave, of the Naval ROTC Unit Hampton Roads; and Lt. Col. Mark D. Rea, of the Old Dominion Army ROTC will also address commissioning candidates.

The parade of colors will be carried by the Joint ROTC Color Guard. The national anthem will be performed by the Joint ROTC choir. The invocation and benediction will be delivered by Lt. Aaron Fuller of the U.S. Navy.

Army ROTC was established at Old Dominion University in September 1969 as part of the Darden School of Education. Since its inception, the program has grown in size and scope, with the establishment in the 1974-75 school year of a military science curriculum that is fully recognized by the University for academic credit. That milestone was followed in 2003 by the Faculty Senate approval of an academic minor in military leadership studies.

Naval ROTC Unit Hampton Roads was commissioned in July 1982, and developed an innovative concept known as the "NROTC Consortium." With this concept, NROTC Hampton Roads became the first unit to offer complete programs at three separate institutions, including Hampton University, Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. Since its establishment, the program has grown to also include Regent University and Tidewater Community College.

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