Army National Guard Spec. Jonathan Huffmaster has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
Huffmaster is the son of Joseph Huffmaster, Ballwin, Mo., and the brother of James Cook, Lawrence. He is a 2005 graduate of Heritage Classical Christian Academy in Manchester, Mo., and earned a master’s degree from Kansas University this year.
Twenty-five graduates of Kansas University were honored as newly commissioned officers in the armed forces during spring 2011 ceremonies. Guest speaker Rear Adm. Douglas McClain, director of global operations for the U.S. Strategic Command, administered the oath of office for the new officers. They all completed the requirements of the Air Force, Army and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Commanding officers presenting commissions were Lt. Col. Gena Stuchbery, Air Force ROTC; Lt. Col. Victor Hamilton, Army ROTC; and Capt. Carl Carpenter, Naval ROTC.
Newly commissioned officers earning bachelor’s degrees: Geoffrey Barnes, aerospace engineering, Air Force ROTC, and Joshua Smith, communication studies, Army ROTC, Lawrence; and Joshua Reid, history, Marine Corps, Tecumseh.
Four graduates of other area colleges also were commissioned at the KU ceremony: Sharrod Greene of Baker University, and Aaron Hunter, Adam Smith and Hanh Vu-Peck of Washburn University.