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May 19 , 2006
DH 06 RH45
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First-ever Army ROTC Commissioning at CSUDH Set for May 24

Carson, CA—The first-ever Commissioning Ceremony for the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at California State University, Dominguez Hills will be held at 11 a.m. on May 24 in the Sculpture Garden on the university’s campus. The ceremony is open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Brigadier General James P. Combs, commander of the 40th Infantry Division of the California National Guard and of the Joint Force Training Base Los Alamitos.

The two cadets, both to be commissioned as second lieutentants, are Michael Spahr and Apollo Williams.

Spahr graduated from CSUDH on May 19 with a bachelor of science in Public Administration. He was born in Long Beach and graduated from Los Alamitos High School.  Before transferring to CSUDH, he attended both Orange Coast College and Long Beach City College. Spahr is currently a member of the 140th Chemical Company in the California Army National Guard.  He will be on active duty status in the Chemical Corps branch of the United States Army.

Williams graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in the spring of 2005 and is now working on a Certificate in Information Systems.  He was born in Santa Clara and graduated from Hanford Joint Union High School.  Williams is currently a member of B Battery, 1-144 Field Artillery in the California Army National Guard and will be in the Finance Corps branch of the California Army National Guard.

The CSUDH Army ROTC Program is partnered with the Army ROTC Programs at the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach.

 Through the Army ROTC program, a college student can become an officer in the United States Army, either full-time, on active duty status, or part-time, in the National Guard or Army Reserve. Students participating in the ROTC are cadets and take ROTC courses as electives while working on a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree.  Upon graduation from college and completion of ROTC, the cadet is commissioned as a second lieutenant.

For more information on the Commissioning Ceremony or the Army ROTC program at CSUDH, call Captain Ted Arlauskas, (310) 243-3017, or e-mail tarlauskas@csudh.edu.

The Sculpture Garden is immediately east of Toro Center Drive and across from parking lot 6. Lot 6 is accessible by entering at Tamcliff Street-Toro Center Drive off Victoria Street, which is between the 91 and 405 freeways and east of the 110 freeway from the 190th Street exit.
The Commissioning Ceremony is free. Parking is $3. Parking permits are available from the yellow dispensing machines at the perimeters of parking lots.
CSUDH is on the east side of Avalon Boulevard at 1000 East Victoria Street.

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Last updated May 17, 2006, 2:49 p.m.,
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