Two graduating Edinboro University seniors and ROTC cadets were officially commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on Friday at Edinboro’s main campus.
Lyndsey S. Good, from DuBois, Pa., and David Richards, from Ashtabula, Ohio, wrapped up their careers with the Fighting Scots Battalion and will now enter active military duty.
“It still has not fully hit me that I have graduated college and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army,” said Good, who joined ROTC as a first-year student. “It is so rewarding to know that every detail I helped with, every team I was part of, and every training I attended has led me to this day.”
Good received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps, which contains the U.S. Army’s human resources ranks. She also graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Adaptive Leadership and Military Studies.
Good received her official U.S. Army pin from her parents, Bob and Denise Good, and was sworn in by Captain Paul Sekula. She received her first salute from Sergeant First Class (Ret.) John Shenkle.
Richards was commissioned as an active duty infantry officer in the U.S. Army. At Edinboro, he matriculated and contracted into ROTC during his sophomore year. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and graduated magna cum laude.
“ROTC has given me the training that has developed me into the Army leader I always aspired to be,” said Richards, who earned the Bronze Medal Athlete Award at Edinboro. “And my experiences remind me every day why I joined the Army and chose such a rare walk of life.”
Richards received his pin from his parents, Dave and Ann Richards, and was sworn in by Major Benjamin Kavanagh. He received his first salute from Master Sergeant Jason Dotson.
During his first summer in Edinboro, Richards was selected for an Army training program which sent him to Slovakia in Eastern Europe. On that trip, he climbed mountains, slept in caves, toured restored ancient castles and castle ruins, ate European-specific cuisine and experienced everyday Slovak culture for three weeks.
“ROTC has provided me with lifelong friends, memories and stories,” said Richards, who earned Dean’s List distinction and ROTC Honors each of his six semesters with the battalion. “Edinboro University has given me an education. ROTC has given me direction and purpose, and the Fighting Scots battalion has given that which is most important – a home.”
Good’s trek through Edinboro and the ROTC program has brought her to Washington, D.C., for the national Army Ten Miler and to Kaiserslautern, Germany, to train with a Combat Support Hospital for a month.
“I am excited to start this new journey in life and for all the new people I will meet and experiences I will endure,” said Good, who joined Edinboro’s ROTC in 2014 and will serve on active duty upon graduation. “But I can never forget what this program has provided me, and that I will always be a Fighting Scot at heart.”
Joining the student-cadets during the commissioning ceremony on Friday were Fighting Scots Battalion staff members Major Benjamin Kavanagh, commander and professor of Military Science; Master Sergeant Mark Kirchoff, senior Military Science instructor; Major Robert W. Parker III, assistant professor of Military Science; Master Sergeant Jason Dotson, Military Science instructor; Pete Ochocki, supply technician; and Tom Anderson, scholarship and enrollment officer.
To learn more about the Fighting Scots Battalion and the journey from training to commissioning, visit www.edinboro.edu/ROTC.