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MTSU ROTC commissions 3 cadets as military officers (+VIDEO)

Three MTSU military science ROTC cadets became second lieutenants Friday, Dec. 12, during the annual fall commissioning ceremony inside the Keathley University Center Theater.

2nd Lts. Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee, and Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee, will be serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, while 2nd Lt. Teana Harle of Murfreesboro will serve in the Tennessee Army National Guard. All are scheduled to graduate Saturday at MTSU’s fall commencement ceremonies.

  • Godette is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in entrepreneurship. Her parents are Walter Godette of Havelock, North Carolina, and Felicia Hansford of Madison, Mississippi.
  • Harle is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Her parents are John and Geri Cintrol, and her husband is 2nd Lt. Scott Harle of Murfreesboro.
  • Kittirath is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Studies. Her parents are Xay and Vone Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee.

All three cadets of the Blue Raider Battalion have met and/or surpassed their ROTC requirements to become second lieutenants. They were sworn in by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joel Miller, MTSU professor of military science, who applauded the cadets “not only for completing the rigorous requirements of earning a college degree, but who have also answered the call to serve our nation as officers in the military.”

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John Cintron, right, was guest speaker at Friday's MTSU ROTC fall commissioning ceremony in the Keathley University Center Theater. Cintron had a personal connection to the ceremony, as he is the proud father of ROTC cadet Teana Harle, left, who presented him with a special thank you from the Blue Raider Battalion following his remarks.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John Cintron, right, was guest speaker at Friday’s MTSU ROTC fall commissioning ceremony in the Keathley University Center Theater. Cintron had a personal connection to the ceremony, as he is the proud father of ROTC cadet Teana Harle, left, who presented him with a special thank you from the Blue Raider Battalion following his remarks.

Friday’s guest speaker, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John Cintron, had a personal connection to the ceremony, as he is the proud father of Teana Harle, who presented him with a special gift from the battalion following his remarks.Army ROTC logo

Cintron, who has served multiple combat tours overseas and for a time was a Rutherford County sheriff’s deputy, told the cadets that he hoped they didn’t have to see combat during their military careers, but urged them to be prepared as leaders nonetheless.

“Because whether it be in war or peace, your actions will be what others will remember most about you,” said Cintron, now an instructor for the officer candidate school company of the 3rd Battalion, 117th Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard.

“You will be expected to take action, to make decisions, to solve a situation,” he said. “You’re now one of the key players in the military family.”

The Department of Military Science is in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. For more information, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/arotc1/.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

From left, MTSU ROTC cadets Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee; Teana Harle of Murfreesboro; and Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee, are sworn in by Lt. Col. Joel Miller, MTSU professor of military science, during the Friday, Dec. 12, commissioning ceremony in the Keathley University Center Theater. The cadets are now second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and all are scheduled to graduate Saturday at MTSUÕs fall commencement ceremonies. (MTSU photos by News and Media Relations)

From left, MTSU ROTC cadets Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee; Teana Harle of Murfreesboro; and Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee, are sworn in by Lt. Col. Joel Miller, MTSU professor of military science, during the Friday, Dec. 12, commissioning ceremony in the Keathley University Center Theater. The cadets are now second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and all are scheduled to graduate Saturday at MTSU’s fall commencement ceremonies. (MTSU photos by News and Media Relations)

From left, MTSU ROTC cadets Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee; Teana Harle of Murfreesboro; and Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee, stand with Lt. Col. Joel Miller, MTSU professor of military science.

From left, MTSU ROTC cadets Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee; Teana Harle of Murfreesboro; and Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee, stand with Lt. Col. Joel Miller, MTSU professor of military science.

From left, 2nd Lts. Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee; Teana Harle of Murfreesboro; and Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee.

From left, 2nd Lts. Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee; Teana Harle of Murfreesboro; and Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee.


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