Benedictine College Sees ROTC Student Commissioned as Army Officer

Benedictine College Sees ROTC Student Commissioned as Army Officer

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jonathan Crane was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army during a special ceremony on the Benedictine College campus on January 25, 2014.  Crane, who had earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Theology and Philosophy, had completed the Army ROTC program.  He will be stationed in California with the National Guard.

The commissioning ceremony was conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Shay Howard, chair of the Military Science Department at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, where Benedictine cadets attend military science classes and ROTC training.  The guest speaker was Colonel James Tennant, a Benedictine ROTC graduate from 1987 who is currently serving as the director of the Combined Arms Center Special Operations Directorate at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.  The ceremony included the Oath of Federal Office and the traditional Silver Dollar Salute.

Crane is a native Californian and came to Benedictine College in 2009 to take advantage of both the theology program and the ROTC program.  He enlisted in the Missouri National Guard as a combat engineer, serving with the 1141st Engineer Company in Kansas City. He joined the Army ROTC at Benedictine College in 2010 and was contracted in 2011. As a cadet in the Missouri National Guard, he served as an assistant platoon leader for 1st platoon, 1141st Combat Engineer.

In the summer of 2013 he graduated from the Army’s Leadership Developmental and Assessment Course at Ft. Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington, in the top 5 of his platoon with an overall “E” grade at camp.  As an MS IV (Military Science Level 4, a designation given to seniors in the ROTC program), he served as the Executive Officer, Command Sergeant Major, and the 4th Platoon Primary Training Officer in the Pony Express Battalion at Missouri Western.  He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

While at Benedictine College he met Carolyn Goenner, Class of 2012.  The two were married in 2011 and now have one son, Ambrose, and another on the way.  Crane plans to eventually pursue a Master’s in Theology and a Doctorate in Moral Theology with an emphasis on biomedical ethics or military ethics.