August 1, 2012
Commenced and commissioned
Granted military and professional titles on the same day, five 2012 LLUSD doctor of dental surgery graduates embarked on a double challenge—pursuing a dental career and military service.
Commissioned on May 27, 2012, at the Randall Visitor Center by retired Brigadier General Michael Walter, MD, associate professor, LLU School of Medicine, the five would soon enter their military assignments.
Lieutenants Jeffrey Clark, Jason Fowler, and James Feliz began their dental service in the Navy at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois. Lieutenant Ryan Holmes’ assignment took him to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Patrick Ferguson entered the Army as a captain, with an appointment in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Dr. Fowler cited the military’s strong opportunities to pursue advanced training in dental specialties as an advantage in his career path. “And,” he added, “it’s an honor to serve the service men and women of our country.”