William & Mary

W&M students to be commissioned as Army officers

Eighteen William & Mary students will be commissioned as U.S. Army officers in a ceremony to be held at the university May 13.

Maj. Gen. Rex A. Spitler, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will speak at the event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium. A reception will follow.

William & Mary Chancellor and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ’65 will also be in attendance, as will President Taylor Reveley and Lt. Col. James M. Kimbrough IV, chair of the university’s Department of Military Science.

“I am very proud of our commissionees for their dedication and commitment to complete the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on top of their rigorous academic studies at the College of William & Mary,” said Kimbrough. “They are special. They form our largest cohort in nearly a decade and help mark the centennial anniversary for ROTC nationwide.  They join the previous ROTC graduates from the past 100 years by swearing to defend the constitution against all enemies. It will be under their leadership that our Army will combat the threats facing our great nation and its interests.”

The students to be commissioned are:

  • Mark Andrew Ames, Field Artillery, Active Duty
  • Morgan Grace Bayer, Aviation Corps, Active Duty
  • Kyle Alfonso Borda, Infantry/Military Intelligence (Detail), Active Duty
  • Erin Michelle Caverly, Aviation Corps, Active Duty
  • Jordan Clare Cirenza, Field Artillery, Active Duty
  • Dylan Thomas Farley, Signal Corps, Reserve Duty
  • Luke Stolte Frerichs, Field Artillery, Active Duty
  • Heather Marie Jackson, Military Intelligence, Reserve Duty
  • Trever Hill Johnson, Infantry/Adjutant General (Detail), Active Duty
  • Alexander Lee Lum, Unassigned/Educational Delay (Law School-UVA)
  • Ian Stuart Lyle, Military Intelligence, Reserve Duty
  • Gwyneth Dal McKenna, Military Intelligence, Active Duty
  • Kirsten M. Moser, Quartermaster, Active Duty
  • Christian Rhys Nott, Infantry, Reserve Duty
  • Simon Slifman Ranagan, Infantry, Active Duty
  • Daniel Gdovin Salmon, Ordnance Corps, Active Duty
  • Timothy Joseph Schorr, Chemical Corps, Active Duty
  • Gregory Joseph Tarman Jr., Medical Service Corps, Active Duty

Spitler has served in his current role with U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command since September 2014. His military career, which began with his own commissioning in 1980 after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in national security strategy, has included serving as chief of staff for United States Army Central/Third Army. His other assignments have included director of strategy and effects for U.S. Army Central/Third Army and chief of staff for Kosovo Forces in Camp Film City, Kosovo.   

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, Senior Aviator Wings, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.