NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science hosted a commissioning ceremony for graduating cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program. Upon graduation the cadets take the oath of office and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army. Maj. General Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general for the Louisiana National Guard, was guest speaker and administered the oath.
The new officers are 2nd Lt. Angela Nicola Bashor of Detroit, Michigan; 2nd Lt. Timothy Chung of San Diego, California; 2nd Lt. Michelle Lane Higson of Conway, South Carolina; 2nd Lt. Henry Odele of Natchitoches, 2nd Lt. Angel A. Salomacosta of Fort Polk, 2nd Lt. Garrett Quaid Simmons of Shreveport and 2nd Lt. Ebony Vaughn of Texarkana, Texas. Cadets who will be commissioned during ceremonies later this summer are Cadet Kimberly Taylor of Leesville and Cadet Erica Anderson of Shreveport.
Bashor enlisted in the Army as a 12S (carpentry and masonry specialist) in January 2010. Upon completion of Basic Training and AIT, she was assigned to the 178th EN CO at Folk Polk as the OPS/Training clerk. She also served as an SMP Cadet with the 1020th EN CO in Marksville. Bashor joined the Demon Battalion in 2012 through the Green to Gold Non Scholar Program. While at Northwestern State, she served as the Cadet Battalion S-1 and S-3 and worked for the university’s VA work study program.
Bashor graduated from Northwestern State’s College of Arts and Letters with a bachelor’s degree in general studies and commissioned as an Army Reserves Adjutant General Officer. She will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and upon completion will serve as a platoon leader with the 678th AG CO in Charlotte, North Carolina, and return to school to pursue a master’s degree in human resource management at Penn State University. Bashor is married to Chief Warrant Officer Two Charles Bashor and they reside in Raeford, North Carolina.
Chung has served on active duty from the ranks of private to sergeant over the past eight years, including a year deployment to Iraq. Chung joined the Demon Battalion in 2012 through the Green to Gold program and graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a bachelor’s degree in general studies. Commissioning as an Army Medical Service Officer, Chung will attend Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and upon completion will be stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Chung served the Demon Battalion as the Cadet S3 during last fall an as the Cadet XO during the spring. He completed the program as a Distinguished Military Student, a distinction based on academics, physical fitness and leadership performance. Chung is married to the former Jessica Nixon and the couple has two daughters, Abigail and Isabella.
Higson was born in Florence, South Carolina, graduated from Carolina Forest High School in 2001 and pursued her education in psychology at East Carolina University.
Higson enlisted in the Army in 2009 as a 35F. In August 2012, she joined the ROTC program and contracted as a cadet. She has been a Dean’s List student the past two years. She will graduate in 2016 with a graduate degree in mental health counseling. Higson will serve her country as a logistics officer in the U.S. Army.
Odele was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up in Springfield, Illinois, where he enlisted in the Army. He has served on active duty from the ranks of private to sergeant over the past five years. While on active duty, he was named the 2012 Southern Regional Medical Command Soldier of the Year and won the 2012 Army Medical Command Best Warrior Competition. Odele joined the Demon Battalion in Fall 2012 through the Army Green to Gold program, serving as the Cadet Battalion executive officer last fall and the Cadet Battalion Commander this spring. He completed the program as a Distinguished Military Graduate based on academic, physical fitness and leadership performance.
Odele graduated from Northwestern State’s College of Science, Technology and Business with a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences with a concentration in forensic sciences and a minor in social science. He was commissioned as an Army Medical Service Officer and will attend Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sam Houston. Upon completion of BOLC, he will be stationed in Vilseck, Germany.
Salomacosta is originally from Snellville, Georgia, and has served on active duty from the ranks of private to sergeant over the past five years. He has earned two Army Achievement Medals and a Good Conduct Medal. Salomacosta joined the Demon Battalion in Fall 2012 through the Green to Gold program and served as the Cadet Battalion Assistant Operations Officer last fall and as the Cadet Battalion Human Resources Officer this spring. Salomacosta graduated with a degree in general studies with a concentration in social sciences from the College of Arts and Letters. He will serve in active duty as adjutant general officer and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, then proceed to Fort Bliss, Texas, as his permanent duty station.
Salomacosta is married to Marines Maceira from Manati, Puerto Rico, and they have two children, Alismariet and Marcus.
Simmons, who graduated from high school in 2010, applied for and received a four year Army ROTC scholarship. For the past four years, he has been with the Demon Battalion on its satellite campus at LSU-S. In 2012, he was inducted into the premedical honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta and was elected vice president of that organization last year. Simmons also served as the LSU-S detachment commander.
Vaughn is the daughter of Stasik and Sonya Vaughn Sr. She graduated from Liberty-Eylau High School. She graduated from Northwestern State with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and addiction studies and is commissioning as an Army Quartermaster officer. Vaughn served the Demon Battalion as Cadet S4.
Vaughn will attend Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. Upon completion, she will be in the Army Reserves and will return to school to pursue a master’s degree.