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Nnamdi Okangba, a 2016 graduate of Lycoming College with a degree in corporate communications, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in the transportation corps during a ceremony held at Bucknell University.
“There is no greater feeling than giving back to as great a country as ours and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of great American leaders who came before me,” said Okangba, who participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet program all four years at Lycoming College while completing his degree. “I am especially humbled to be entrusted with leading America's sons and daughters as an Army officer.”
“Service in the U.S. armed forces represents the highest of callings, and we are proud to have yet another Lycoming alumnus serving our nation,” said Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte. “Lt. Okanaba will have many opportunities to leverage the critical thinking and communications skills he developed as a student at Lycoming, and his confident leadership will be an asset to his soldiers and his unit alike.”
The U.S. Army Cadet Command partners with universities to recruit, educate, develop, and inspire ROTC cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army. The Army ROTC has an enrollment of more than 30,000 and produces more than 70 percent of the second lieutenants who join the active Army, the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. More than 40 percent of current active duty Army General Officers were commissioned through the ROTC.
Lycoming College ROTC cadets help comprise the Bison Battalion ROTC program, which is hosted at Bucknell University, and also includes cadets representing Penn College, Susquehanna University and Bloomsburg University.