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FMU Army ROTC cadet commissioned

Lugoff native takes oath as 2nd Lt.

Posted: December 16, 2014 2:50 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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Truesdale being sworn in by Major James D. Bowling

Lugoff native, 2nd Lt. Adam Truesdale was honored as a newly commissioned officer in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on Dec. 12 as part of Francis Marion University’s Army ROTC program.

Truesdale took the oath at a gathering of former teachers, professors, family, friends and university officials. Missing from this cadre of onlookers was his grandfather, who was the motivation for his joining the armed forces.

"(My grandfather’s) service in the Air Force was really what inspired me to pursue a career in the guard," Truesdale said, "It also inspired a love for history and the military."

Truesdale says he joined the S.C. Army National Guard rather than active duty because he wanted to continue his studies at Francis Marion University.

On Saturday, he will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in criminal justice, placing him to fulfil his ultimate goal of earning a Ph.D. in political science.

Truesdale will serve as a chemical platoon leader in the 108th Chemical Company of the S.C. Army National Guard in North Charleston. He chose the job because it is most closely related to another passion of Truesdale’s, service as a volunteer firefighter for Lugoff Fire Department. Truesdale is a graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School.

He is the son of Jack and Cathy Truesdale.

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