Following Convocation, four senior members of Maranatha’s ROTC program took an oath of office and were commissioned as Second Lieutenants into the United States Army.
Family members, special guests, pastors, and friends witnessed the solemn ceremony, in which graduates Collin Bond, Timothy Matzke, Benjamin Peden, and Tyler Wesley swore to “support and defend the constitution of the United States . . . bear true faith and allegiance to the same . . . So help me God.”
“These men have chosen a life of service to their God and to their country,” said Lt. Col. Katie Blue, Badger Battalion professor of military science.
Bond also took an oath of office for the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
In a time of testimony, Bond thanked his Savior first of all, then his classmates, parents, and his wife, Emma, of four months, for their encouragement. “Emma has been a rock for me,” Bond said, “supporting me even while we were dating.”
Matzke shared his testimony, saying, “All I do is for God’s glory.” He also thanked his family who encouraged him “to keep fighting,” the officers who “had a part in forming us,” and his peers, for the “support and brotherhood” of the ROTC.
“Mentorship is crucial,” Matzke said.
Peden continued the family tradition of military service, receiving his first salute from his father, a Master Sergeant.
Wesley was the top cadet in the MS-IV ROTC class and was honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
“Tyler Wesley was able to win this award because of the strong unit and support system that surrounds him,” stated Blue. “He would not be able to achieve this honor without you,” she said, speaking of the administration, faculty, and staff of Maranatha.
Both Peden and Wesley thanked God, their families, and their cadre for their guidance and leadership training.
“We would not be here without the help of our God,” Wesley stated.
Maranatha President Dr. Marriott praised the ROTC program and the young men who participate in it.
“As they walk our campus,” Marriott said, “they are respected, elevated, and celebrated. We recognize the importance of what they are doing and the seriousness of this event today.”