Story Number: NNS140815-30Release Date: 8/15/2014 9:19:00 PM
By Auburn University NROTC
AUBURN, Ala., (NNS) -- Two Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) midshipmen, were commissioned as naval officers at the Auburn University Nichols Center Wardroom, Aug. 2.
The Navy-option nursing students, Ensigns Mary Catherine Kelley, 22, from Windermere, Fla., and Randi Danley, 21, from Pensacola, Fla., were recognized by Auburn's NROTC Executive Officer Cmdr. Kevin Downey in front of an audience of more than 30 people.
Downey told those in attendance that he was able to spend time with each midshipmen prior to their commissioning. He said it was an honor to teach them leadership skills and offered the newly commissioned officers advice for their careers.
"The ceremony was a beautiful thing," said one family member attending the ceremony. "I've never seen the Navy look so good!"
The successful audience turnout, first salutes from the unit's Officer Candidate Bryson Wilson and husband of Ensign Danley, U. S. Marine Corps Cpl. Christopher Danley, and presence of veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines made the Auburn University NROTC summer 2014 commissioning ceremony a memorable experience for everyone in attendance.
Prior-enlisted parents and grandparents granted sons and daughters a first salute in honor of their commission.
One father stated, "It fills me with pride to know that our legacy will be carried on through the careers of these fine young men and women."
The NROTC program, overseen by Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.