Florida Tech ROTC Panther Battalion Commissions Army Second Lieutenant Alexia Pearah
By Space Coast Daily // September 16, 2019
guest speaker was former Florida tech Professor of Military Science, Lieutenant Colonel TJ O’Conner
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Florida Institute of Technology ROTC Panther Battalion commissioned the newest Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in ceremonies at the Florida Tech All Faiths Center on September 7.
Alexia N. Pearah took the oath of office with Florida Tech Panther Battalion Cadets, cadre, family and friends in attendance. She was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps and will train to become a Medical Evacuation (MEDIVAC) pilot.
Second Lieutenant Pearah graduated from FIT with a degree in Biomedical Science and has applied to Medical School at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
Colonel Steve Bond, U.S. Army Retired and 2nd Vice President of the Military Officers Association of America’s Cape Canaveral Chapter, presented her with “Gold Bars,” the rank insignia of Second Lieutenants in the Army, and welcomed her to the Officers Corps on behalf of the Cape Canaveral Chapter and the 350,000 members of MOAA.
The guest speaker at the ceremony was former FIT Professor of Military Science, Lieutenant Colonel TJ O’Conner, US Army Retired.
Second Lieutenant Pearah learned of the FIT ROTC program while attending FIT, and received a 3 ½ year ROTC scholarship. She is using that as an opportunity to fulfill her dream of becoming a medical doctor and flight surgeon.
As part of her cadet training at FIT, she interned at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and, this summer, she returned to Hawaii to fly with Army MEDIVAC pilots stationed there.
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