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UW-Eau Claire senior ROTC cadets receive commissions

June 4, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior cadets Ryan Matchey and Jack Dillow recently received commissions at the spring commissioning ceremony of the Northwoods Battalion of the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).

Matchey, a professional sales marketing major and management minor from Centerville, Minn., was commissioned into the Arizona Army National Guard as an aviation officer. Matchey will complete the aviation basic officer leadership course and flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he will learn to fly the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter.

"The College of Business and Army ROTC have prepared me for leadership roles in the United States Army and the business world," Matchey said. "My business classes and my internship with Northwestern Mutual have given me the tools I need for a career in marketing and sales leading to a position in sales management. As a senior cadet in the Northwoods Battalion, I have learned to always hold myself accountable. My experience also has taught me the importance of communication and teamwork, and it has developed my understanding of leadership beyond what I ever thought I would experience during my undergraduate career. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's level of excellence is producing the best candidates in the country for today's job market, and I am proud to be a graduate of this university."

Dillow, a music major and Middle East studies minor from Glenwood City, was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an infantry second lieutenant with a seven-year commitment on active duty.

"ROTC has set my career and life in motion and in a way geared toward success," Dillow said. "Even though I will be a leader in the military — bearing the responsibility of the lives of others — I know that as long as I maintain a positive attitude, treat others with respect, constantly learn and strive to do the right thing, there will be no obstacle that cannot be overcome. It has been a great experience, and I hope that others enjoy their time learning how to succeed in the present and in the future."

The Northwoods Battalion of the ROTC serves students at UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout. To learn more about ROTC at UW-Eau Claire, contact Capt. Bradley Frahm, assistant professor of military science, or visit the UW-Eau Claire ROTC website.

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