August 29, 2013
Army ROTC Commissions New Officers
The ROTC Liberty Battalion commissioned three new officers on August 24. Tyler Forthofer (mechanical engineering ’13), Andrew Harkins (electronic engineering ’13), and Timothy Rago (construction management ’13) were all sworn in as second lieutenants at a ceremony on Wentworth’s campus as friends and family looked on proudly through tears and beaming smiles. The Liberty Battalion, based out of Northeastern University, consists of more than 100 cadets from Wentworth, Northeastern, Boston College, and Simmons.
At the ceremony, Second Lieutenants Forthofer, Harkins, and Rago took their oaths from Lieutenant Colonel Blaise Gallahue before family members adorned them with gold bars on their uniforms. The three then received their first salute as officers in front of the Wentworth leopard statue; Forthofer’s father, an Army staff sergeant, had the honor of pinning his son. Now that they have been sworn in as officers, they will participate in training for their respective branches.
Forthofer and Harkins will both be serving in the engineering corps, which focuses mostly on military construction.
“We’re like the general contractor for the Army,” Forthofer said. “We handle anything that needs building that the simple infantry is not equipped to do.”
Rago, however, will be serving in the infantry, something he said he always knew he wanted.
“I like doing things that most other people don’t,” Rago said. “Ultimately, I hope to get deployed.”
All three men have always dreamed of being in the Army, and are ready to get started with the next steps in their military careers.
“I’ve known since high school that I wanted to be in the military,” Harkins said. “For us, we had to sacrifice a little more than the average college student. We didn’t have a typical college experience; it’s always been more about the Army.”
Rago leaves for training Sept. 30, followed by Forthofer in mid-October; Harkins will start training in March.
- Dennis Nealon