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The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony on May 21, 2021 was for the Class of 2021.

The 2021 ROTC Commissioning Program occured on Friday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. The university was proud to celebrate this important milestone with the graduating 2021 ROTC members. 

2021 Ceremony Commissioning Officer

Brigadier General James Bienlien is the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) and the Senior Commander, Natick Soldier Systems Center.

Brig. Gen. Bienlien previously served as Director G3/5/7 Futures and Concepts Center Fort Eustis, Virginia. Prior to serving at FCC, he was the Chief of Staff, Army Futures Command.

During his 30 years of service, Brig. Gen. Bienlien held command and staff assignments in the 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk; 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood; 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks; 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg; Human Resources Command; NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation; United States Army Pacific; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Headquarters Department of the Army; and the United States Army Futures Command.

Brig. Gen. Bienlien is a 1990 graduate of Radford University and holds a Master of Science in Public Policy from Troy State University and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Washington DC.

His military education includes the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advance Courses; Marine Corps Staff College; Force Management Course; the National War College; and CAPSTONE.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. BG Bienlien is married to Commander Andrea Ragusa, a Naval Aviator. He has a son Patrick a daughter Erika, and three grandchildren.


ROTC Commisioning Ceremony Program

The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Program from the schedule of events and photos of all students commissioned is available online.