DVIDS – News – Five Commissioned as Army Guard Lieutenants

OLD BETHPAGE, New York — Five New York Army National Guard soldiers are sworn in as second lieutenants in a ceremony held at the Museum of American Armory in Old Bethpage on Aug. 7, 2022.

The five recently completed the Joint Officer Candidate School, or OCS for short, run by the 106th New York National Guard Regional Training Institute for the New York and Connecticut National Guard.

Major General Michele Natali, deputy adjutant general of the army, took the oath of office to the new lieutenants, as they stood surrounded by tanks and armored vehicles from the historical collection.

“As you begin your career as the new leaders of this great force, after the day you joined the military, that day is probably the most important day of your military career,” Natali said.

Receiving their commissions were:

• 2nd Lieutenant Joel Samuel, a soldier with 11 years of service in the US Army Reserve from Seldon, New York, who was commissioned into the Signal Corps and will serve in the 42nd Infantry Division Signal Company. In civilian life, Samuel is a mechanical engineer working for the Army Corps of Engineers.

• Second Lieutenant Nathan Guynup, of Rensselaer, New York, who enrolled directly into the Officer Candidate School program. He was appointed as a military intelligence officer and will be assigned to the brigade’s 152nd Engineer Battalion. In civilian life, he is a supervisor at Owens Corning.

• Second Lieutenant Dylan Stevenson, a New York City resident, who enlisted directly into the officer candidate school program. He was commissioned as in the Artillery and assigned to the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery. He is a merchant and investment banker at Wells Fargo Financial Services.

• Second Lieutenant Ninad Shah, of Whitestone, Queens, who enlisted directly from Officer Candidate School, was commissioned as a Signal Corps Officer and assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division Signal Company. He is a Financial Examiner with the New York State Department of Financial Services in civilian life.

• 2nd Lt. Juan Cordova, of Brooklyn, who previously served with the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery. He was commissioned as a military police officer and assigned to the 107th Military Police Company. In civilian life, he is a project manager for a New York entrepreneur.

Staff Sgt. Andrea Faye Estacio, who is assigned to the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, completed the course but chose not to accept a commission immediately.

The OCS course takes 15 months of field and classroom training at the Camp Smith training site and Camp Niantic in Connecticut over numerous weekends, said Maj. Michael Sicinski, whose 2nd Battalion, 106th RTI, oversees the course.

The training ended with two weeks in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, he said.

In his remarks, Sicinski urged new lieutenants to work closely with their sergeants and maintain their integrity above all else.
“Always do the right thing, even when no one is watching,” Sicinski said.

“That’s the one thing your soldiers can’t blame you for doing.”
Stevenson, the top student in the class, received an Army Medal of Honor and an eagle statuette.

“For the executive to give me this honor, I’m very proud and very privileged to have received it,” Stevenson said, “I hope to prove, over time, worthy of their support.”

After the ceremony, each new officer received a first salute from an enlisted person who was a friend or relative.

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