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GSC’s Nicole Himes Receives Army Commission


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Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390

Glenville, WV– Friday May 10th, 2013 marked another historic day in the celebration of West Virginia’s sesquicentennial anniversary.  In downtown Charleston, WV, within the rotunda of the Capitol building, four United States Army Second Lieutenants were commissioned by the West Virginia State University’s Army ROTC ‘Yellow Jacket Battalion.’

2LT Nicole Himes of Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia, is the first officer to be commissioned from Glenville State College in the past ten years. The Army ROTC program reopened at GSC in the fall of 2010 and will continue to commission officers in the Active Army, United States Army Reserves and the West Virginia National Guard. Himes graduated from GSC Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management.

Nicole hines ROTC Commissioning

Left to Right: 2LT Nicole Himes (Adjutant Corps), 2LT Ashley Bish (Ordinance Corps), 2LT Hannah Pilcher (Quartermaster Corps), 2LT John D. Smith Jr. (Infantry)

“As an ROTC detachment we are very proud of 2LT Himes’ accomplishments over the course of her cadetship. She has done a tremendous job not only as a student, but as a senior leader and mentor for the other cadets to aspire to. She will be very successful in her career as an active duty Adjutant General Corps officer and will reflect great credit upon the Glenville State College ROTC program and the ‘Yellow Jacket Battalion’,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Military Science Major Charles Beirne.

2LT Ashley Bish and 2LT John Smith are graduates of West Virginia State University. 2LT Hanna Pilcher is a graduate of WVU Institute of Technology.

The four newly commissioned officers will serve in a variety of specialties within the Army including: Adjutant (personnel actions), Ordinance (material support), Quartermaster (logistics), and Infantry (combat maneuver force).

West Virginia National Guard Chief of Staff Colonel William ‘Bill’ Crane served as the guest speaker, offering wisdom and guidance to the junior officers.

For more information on the GSC ROTC Program and becoming an Army officer, contact the GSC ROTC office at or call (304) 462-6285.

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