Webster Army ROTC student Jane McKibben recently received her commission in the U.S. Army and proudly pinned on her “butter bars,” becoming a second lieutenant in a ROTC ceremony.
The newly commissioned 2nd Lt. McKibben, who graduated last week from Webster University with a BA in International Relations, was among 16 ROTC graduates to be commissioned.
McKibben will join the Army Reserves in Granite City, Mo., and hopes to be awarded an active-duty slot soon. In the near term, she will stay with the ROTC Gateway Battalion and act as a Gold Bar recruiter and attend the Army Basic Officer Engineer Training Course at Ft Leonard Wood, Mo., next May.
Susan Napoleon, assistant to the dean in the School of Communications, and Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (Ret.), Webster’s associate vice president for Military and Governmental Programs, attended the ceremony with Jane’s parents and friends.
“I’m very proud of Jane and her accomplishments, both in ROTC and her BA degree at Webster University. The commitment to an ROTC program coupled with completing her degree requirements is enormous, and Jane proved she’s a winner” said Gen Callan.
As a long-time friend and mentor, Napoleon added, “I marvel at her determination to succeed and overcome any challenge. Our Army couldn’t have commissioned a better officer than Jane. We hope to see Jane often as she revisits Webster University in her new role.”
Webster has long been known as a military friendly institution, most recently being recognized by the Military Times as a “Best for Vets” school. Webster and the U.S. Department of Defense have worked together for nearly 40 years to provide high-quality and cost-effective graduate programs at military installations and other locations throughout the country. Distinguished alumni include several generals at the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff and thousands of military personnel as well as retired military.