May 15, 2022
PHOTO: Newly appointed second lieutenants (from left) Benjamin Heilig, Hayden Miller, Dillon Salluzzo and Anthony Vézina celebrate with a cake after a commissioning ceremony on Saturday.
Senior graduates who served as cadets in the U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at St. Bonaventure University were commissioned second lieutenants in the U.S. Army on Saturday.
The commissioning ceremony, held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, was followed by the Silver Dollar Salute, a traditional event in which each newly commissioned officer presents a silver dollar to the first soldier who salutes him. Cadets choose someone who has been instrumental in their upbringing, upbringing, or training for this honor.
The cadets are part of the Seneca ROTC Battalion, which includes cadets from St. Bonaventure, Alfred State College, Alfred University, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Houghton College and Jamestown Community College.
Cadets from Saint-Bonaventure who ordered on Saturday include:
Benjamin Heilig, a cybersecurity specialist, served as the cadet battalion’s operations officer. He is the son of Mark and Suzanne Heilig of Hamburg, New York. A distinguished military graduate, Heilig received the American Legion’s Academic Achievement Award and the School of Arts and Science’s Military Science Award. He was commissioned into the Army National Guard as a Cyber Warfare Officer.
Hayden Miller, a criminology major, served as the cadet battalion’s logistics officer. He is the son of Scot and Michelle Miller of Rushford, New York. A recipient of the Military Science Award, Miller was commissioned as an active duty infantry officer.
Dillon Salluzzo, a sociology major, served as the cadets’ executive officer. He is the son of Steven and Mary Salluzzo of Rochester, New York. Salluzzo, a distinguished military graduate, received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award, Battalion Commander’s Award, and Olean VFW Leadership Award. He was commissioned as an active duty military intelligence officer, detailed as an infantry officer.
Anthony Vézina, a criminology major, served as the cadet battalion commander. He is the son of Rich Vezina and Heather Shea-Canaley of Lakewood, New York. Vezina was commissioned as an active duty signals officer, detailed as a field artillery officer.
Cadets commissioned from other battalion member colleges and universities include:
Makenzie Cashmer, a mechanical engineering major from Alfred University, served as the cadet battalion command sergeant major. Daughter of David and Kimberly Cashmer of Weedville, Pennsylvania, she was commissioned as an active duty engineer officer.
Stone Lisek, a construction management major from Alfred State College, served as the cadet battery commander. Son of Michael and Amy Lisek of Olean, New York, he was commissioned as an active duty air defense artillery officer.
Liam McNeill, a business administration major from Houghton College, served as a cadet platoon leader. Son of Robert and Ann McNeill of Rushford, New York, he was commissioned into the Army National Guard as a transportation officer.
Wyatt Niedziejko, a mechanical engineering graduate from Alfred University, served as a cadet platoon leader. Son of Rodney and Heidi Niedziejko of Saratoga Springs, New York, he was commissioned into the Army National Guard as a military intelligence officer.
Timothy Vallely, a criminal justice major from the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, served as a cadet platoon sergeant. Son of Sean and Theresa Vallely of Erin, New York, he was commissioned into the Army National Guard as an infantry officer.
Timothy Wright, a construction supervising major from Alfred State College, served as the cadet battery’s first sergeant. Son of Timothy and Christine Wright of Frewsburg, New York, he was commissioned into the Army National Guard as an armor officer.
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