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A First Salute - Alumni Take Part in Time-Honored Army Tradition
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2nd Lieutenant Brian W. Giles '14 received his first salute from Nicholas R. Scalera '63Two 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 training.

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 Fraternity.

For more information please contact:
Dan Nugent
(973) 378-2641
daniel.nugent@shu.edu

 

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