Western Illinois University and the University community gathered to celebrate Cadet Jason Strack as a new officer in the United States Army. The event not only celebrated Strack’s achievements, but also highlighted the significant contributions of the Strack family to the WIU Military Science (ROTC) program.
Strack is the second of three children to serve as a cadet in the WIU ROTC program, following in the footsteps of his sister, Captain Angelica Strack, who graduated from WIU in 2018. Captain Angelica Strack has since excelled in her role as a Cyber Officer, showcasing exemplary leadership in various positions within the Cyber branch.
The Strack family’s tradition of exceptional performance and service in the United States Army and WIU ROTC program were acknowledged during the ceremony. The newly appointed WIU Lt. Col. Mark Christensen expressed gratitude to the Strack family for their continued support and commitment to the success of the program.
“Strack has displayed outstanding contributions during his time in the ROTC program,” Christensen said. “He often took charge of managing the TF Range Challenge competition, demonstrating exceptional skills in coordinating the event involving 16 teams from eight different ROTC programs.”
In recognition of Strack’s hard work and accomplishments, he was presented with the unit challenge coin. The ceremony also included the administration of the oath of office, a pivotal moment signifying Strack’s commitment to supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution.
“I encourage Strack to reflect on the historical significance of the oath of office, emphasizing its unique nature in pledging allegiance to the Constitution rather than a specific individual or political entity,” Christensen said. “Acknowledging the challenges that military leaders face in the current political climate is important.”
At the end of the ceremony Christensen offered a top 10 list of advice for newly commissioned lieutenants, drawn from their experience and expertise.
“The WIU community expresses gratitude for Strack’s accomplishments and best wishes for his future as he embarks on his military career,” Christensen said.
For more information on WIU’s ROTC program, visit wiu.edu/ROTC.
***Courtesy of Western Illinois University***