A Wayland man will be commissioned today in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant as part of a national ceremony.
Trevor Kline, who recently graduated from Niagara University, will be stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in the aviation branch. He is a 2016 graduate of Wayland-Cohocton Central School.
Kline is one of two Niagara University graduates who will take their military oath in front of a national audience during a live virtual commissioning ceremony from the Pentagon. The event, hosted by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. via its Facebook and YouTube Live events pages.
“Despite the circumstance we were put in due to the pandemic, it is an incredible opportunity to take the oath amongst my peers nationwide,” said Kline, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management. “It is a unique experience that will connect all the future leaders of our Army.”
Kline, the son of Kenneth Kline and Elizabeth Heath, received an ROTC scholarship. In high school, he compete on the cross country, track and field and swim teams. In swimming, he was an all star in 2015 and 2016, was the Livingston County Athletic Association 50m freestyle champion and broke several school records. He was also a cross country all star in 2014 and 2015. He was the class nominee for the DAR Good Citizenship Award of the Class of 2016 and was a 2015 Boys State Delegate.
Kline and Faustina Remaniak of Cordova, Md., will be among the more than 1,000 cadets and officers from across the country who are participating in the event.
“This ceremony provides Faustina and Trevor with a very unique opportunity to receive the oath of office from the secretary of the army with their peers across the country,” Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski, professor of military science for the Army ROTC program at Niagara University, said in a news release. “It’s symbolic of the Army’s resiliency to adapt and overcome challenging conditions in order to continue developing future leaders for our Army and for our nation.”
The online ceremony complements one that Niagara University hosted on May 23 from various campus locations, during which seven cadets were commissioned and received their gold bars designating their military rank.
Remaniak graduated from Niagara with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a minor in military science Remaniak will be commissioned into military intelligence with a branch detail in armor.
Army ROTC produces about 70 percent of the officers entering the Army each year and is available through nearly 1,000 college campuses nationwide. This year the U.S. Army Cadet Command is set to commission more than 6,000 new second lieutenants.