Three branches of the armed forces gathered together to honor six newly commissioned officers from LECOM Bradenton's class of 2012.
In front of family, friends, classmates, faculty, staff and military personnel, medical students Lauren Kinley, Dylan Arnold, Christine Walker (U.S. Navy); Phung Phan and Rebecca Armstrong (U.S. Army); and Jeremy Bigham (U.S. Air Force), received their commissions.
Bigham was excited to be part of the ceremony.
LECOM Bradenton Class of 2012 medical students Phung Phan and Rebecca Armstrong take the U.S. Army oath during commissioning ceremonies.
"I am honored to serve my country," he said after being commissioned the rank of Second Lieutenant. "My dream was to go to medical school and become a physician in the U.S. Air Force."
U.S. Navy Capt. Dr. Richard A. Beane, one of the evening's four speakers, encouraged students to seize challenges and opportunities that will arise as a physician in the armed forces. He also sang the praises of LECOM.
"The PBL (problem-based learning) curriculum is cutting edge stuff," he said. "LECOM keeps turning out incredible physicians who we should all be proud of."
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dr. David Rosso said the commissioned officers are the future of the armed forces.
"You are the new faces of the military," he said. "Being a part of the armed forces is something you have to commit to every single day of your life. I've been in the Air Force for seven years and I'm still waiting for my first bad day. Any day in uniform is a good day."
Speakers also included Lt. Col. Walt Stanish and Sgt. Maj. Joe Campbell from the U.S. Army. All of the speakers made sure that each student took time to thank those who have supported them.
"None of us have gotten to where are today without the support of family and friends," Dr. Rosso said.