Four Voorhees graduates commissioned into the U.S. Army
December 21, 2017
Eric L. Phillips II. of Ladson, S.C. recently commissioned into the United States Army as a second lieutenant. The commissioning ceremony was held at the Fine Arts Building at South Carolina State University.
After being sworn in December 8, he was pinned by his parents Charlene and Eric L. Phillips, Sr. Phillips gave his first official salutes to retired Senior Master Sergeant Gale Rickert, Sergeant First Class Stephanie Martin, and his cousin, Chief Petty Officer Quentin Bright.
Philips is a sports management major with a minor in military science. He will go active duty on January 25, 2018 at Fort Sill, Okla. as an air defense artillery officer, where he will be responsible for destroying, neutralizing, or suppressing the enemy by cannon, mortar, rocket, and missile fire and helping integrate all fire support assets into combined arms operations.
“It has been a long journey matriculating through college and working within the ROTC. I have gained a lot of insight, education, and training. Now that I have earned my degree and became second lieutenant in the United States Army, I can go out into the world and do what I set out to do,” Phillips said.
Jamal Robinson of Manning, S.C. was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the U.S. Army and sworn in August 2017. He was pinned by his mother Catherine Robinson and gave his first official salute to Sergeant First Class Elbert Johnson.
Robinson is an emergency management major with a minor in military science. He went active duty on Sept. 10. at Fort Lee, Va. as a transportation corps officer. He is responsible for transporting troops, supplies, equipment, and coordinating activities within his department
“As a second lieutenant, I have made my family, and more importantly, myself proud. This is just the first of many achievements I will make in my career, and I look forward to all that the U.S. Army has in store for me. I am blessed and thank God for the opportunity,” Robinson said.
Both Phillips and Robinson will have their official commencement ceremony on May 5, 2018.
K’darre Ravenell of Charleston, S.C. was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the U.S. Army and sworn in January 2017. He was pinned by his parents Mary and Vernon Ravenell, and he gave his first official salute to retired Sergeant First Class Williams Watson.
Ravenell is currently a 25A signal corps officer stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga. He is responsible for handling communications between soldiers that work with networking, information technology, satellite, and telecommunications. Ravenell earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in military science.
“When you work hard for a goal for so long and you finally reach it, despite some obstacles along the way, it is the most satisfying feeling. I achieved one of the things I came to college to do besides earn my degree,” Ravenell said.
Jeffrey Sanders of Denmark, S.C. was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the U.S. Army and sworn in December 2016. He was pinned by his parents Eartha and Jeffrey Sanders, Sr. and gave his first official salute to his sister, Specialist Sharaine Sanders.
Sanders recently graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leadership Course. He is currently a field artillery officer stationed at Fort Hood, TX. He is responsible for destroying, neutralizing, or suppressing the enemy by cannon, mortar, rocket, and missile fire and helping integrate all fire support assets into
combined arms operations. Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree in health and recreation with a minor in military science.
“Even though I missed my graduation ceremony, I was here doing something I love. It is really a big deal to become an officer in the world’s greatest army. To make it as a second lieutenant means I proved myself worthy enough (physically, tactically) and have the mental capacity to lead our nation’s best soldiers,” Sanders said.
Both Ravenell and Sanders earned their degrees during commencement May 2017.