WITH THE COLORS: Joseph Reder commissioned as second lieutenant


Joseph Reder of Dalton was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Engineering Corps, upon completion of an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduation from Western New England University in Springfield.

Reder graduated with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and has been commissioned to serve at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for further officer training.

Col. John J. Driscoll was the commissioning officer who administered the oath.

The ceremony was followed by the Silver Dollar Salute, a tradition in which newly commissioned officers hand a silver dollar to the first soldier who salutes them, typically someone instrumental in their upbringing, education, or training.

Reder was among eight cadets commissioned in the ceremony on May 20.

Family members and friends were in attendance.


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