Army ROTC Mountain Ranger Battalion to commission 28 at UCCS

Don Caughey, ROTC scholarship officer, (719) 255-3475, Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519,

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Twenty-eight graduates of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and five other area colleges and universities will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during official ceremonies at 9 a.m. May 25 at Berger Hall on the UCCS campus.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Whitlock, deputy director for strategy, policy and plans at North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command will be the guest speaker and will assist U.S. Army Lt. Col. and Professor of Military Science Mark Thompson in administering the oath of office. UCCS officials will also attend.

The cadets completed the requirements of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and are scheduled to graduate from area universities this May. Of the 28 cadets, eighteen will graduate from UCCS and ten from other area universities including Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Christian University, Devry University and National American University.

UCCS spring graduation ceremonies are scheduled for May 24 at the Colorado Springs World Arena.

Since 2012, Whitlock has served as deputy director of strategy, policy, and plans for NORAD and USNORTHCOM at Peterson Air Force Base. Previously, he was deputy joint base commander at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and Executive Officer to the Chief of the Army Reserve. He has served as an Army officer since 1986.

The Mountain Ranger Army ROTC Battalion traces its roots at UCCS to 1965. The university was designated a host institution in 1981 and in 1983 was reorganized as a cadet battalion of two cadet companies and renamed the Mountain Ranger Battalion with partnerships at other Colorado Springs-area universities while remaining based at UCCS.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit