WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Forty-six officers are ready to join the military after a ceremony at Purdue Friday afternoon.
Of the 46, there were 21 Air Force officers, 17 Army officers, six Navy officers, and two Marines. The event is the culmination of the officers’ education as students at Purdue before officially starting their military service. The officers were congratulated on their willingness to serve by multiple speakers.
Newly commissioned Air Force Second Lt. Stephen Sells said he’s wanted to a pilot since he was a child. He said going through Purdue’s ROTC program was an obvious choice for him.
“What’s so great about Purdue having a large Air Force detachment is that we commission so many pilots, and so it’s kind of an experience we get to go through together,” said Sells.
Sells will join other Purdue Air Force officers at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi for pilot training.