Two Seton Hall alumni who graduated more than 50 years apart came
together to participate in the Army’s honored "Silver Dollar Salute"
tradition at a May 16 ceremony marking the commissioning of 15 Army
ROTC cadets as officers. 2nd Lieutenant Brian W. Giles '14 received his
first salute from Nicholas R. Scalera '63, a former Sergeant E-5 in the
US Army National Guard. In return, Lieutenant Giles handed a shiny
silver dollar to Scalera, the first enlisted non-commissioned officer
(NCO) to salute him.
The ceremony represents the symbolic receipt of respect due the new
officer and signifies his deep sense of gratitude for the knowledge that
enlisted soldiers, especially NCOs, have passed on to them during
Giles graduated with a B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations
and has been assigned to military duty at Fort Dix. Scalera is a member
of the SHU President's Advisory Council for the College of Arts and
Sciences and a former SHU ROTC cadet. Both are alumni of Phi Kappa Theta
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