Six Distinguished Military Graduates Commissioned from Gannon University
Posted: June 23, 2017
Six ROTC seniors from Gannon University were commissioned
in the United States Army as Distinguished Military Graduates (DMG)
at Commencement during the 2016-17 Academic Year.
The award winners, all commissioned as Second Lieutenants, were
Damiano Cicchinelli, Avery Craig, Ryan Davis, Reyna Lynn Palanca,
Ashley Sarlo and Kyle Volkman.
Distinguished Military Graduates are those who graduate in the
top 20 percent of cadets nationwide based on several criteria,
including grade point average, strong performance on the Army
Physical Fitness Test, college athletic participation and
performance during college ROTC training.
Following their commissioning, the new second lieutenants will
receive the following assignments: LT Cicchinelli will join a
combat engineers unit in Florida as a member of the U.S. Army
Reserve., while LT Craig will be a field artillery officer at Ft.
Drum, New York. LT Davis is awaiting his assignment as an infantry
officer while LT's Palanca and Sarlo will join the Army Nurse
Corps. LT Volkman will attend law school at Wake Forest University
and join the Judge Advocates General Corps.
The six Cadets were members of the "Pride of PA" Army SeniorROTC Battalion, which comprises ROTC units at Gannon University,
Mercyhurst University and Penn State Erie -- The Behrend College.
The battalion was honored in 2012 with the General Douglas
MacArthur Award for excellence by the U.S. Army's Cadet Command and
the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation.
As the host institution for the "Pride of PA" Battalion of the
U.S. Army ROTC, Gannon University's program offers specialized
leadership training through both course work and related