NIU cadet George Kringas was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army during the 2021 Commissioning Ceremony for Northern Illinois University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) on Dec. 10.
“I could not be more proud of 2nd Lt. Kringas and all of his accomplishments,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Spring, chair of NIU’s Department of Military Science. “He truly embodies the character, competence and commitment that we demand from our military officers.”
Kringas, of Homer Glen, earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Business. He will begin officer’s training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
“I am looking forward to networking with service members, learning a ton, and starting my Army career in Fort Leonard Wood,” Kringas said.
Lt. Col. Spring is confident that Kringas will be a valued addition to the unit.
“As he transitions into the Army, I know that he will be a great representative of our program and the university at large,” Spring said.
Kringas said his uncle, a retired sergeant major in the Army, played an important part in his decision to become an Army officer.
“He was a huge role model in my life,” Kringas said. “It was important to me to do the best I can because I know he – and many others – sacrificed a lot so we can live freely in the greatest country in the world.”
Kringas said he gained so much from being part of NIU’s ROTC program, and is looking forward to the next chapter.
“I’ve gained leadership skills, great friends and great experiences,” Kringas said. “I would advise someone who is interested in becoming a cadet to go in with an open mind, try their best, and learn as much as they can.”
Source: NIU Today CHHS News