Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War

Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War
Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War
Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War
Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War
Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War
Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War
Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War
Illinois Native Becomes Columbia University's First Commissioned Marine Since Vietnam War

For the first time since the Vietnam War, Columbia University has its first Marine Corps Officer. 2ndLt Patrick Poorbaugh is sworn in at the school's Low Memorial Library on May 21st. Poorbaugh will now report to The Basic School at Quantico, VA. Photo by SSgt Ken Melton.

Raised in Mackinaw, Illinois, 2ndLt Poorbaugh joined the Marine Corps in 2005, upon his high school graduation. He will now be leading Marines once he begins his service at Quantico, VA. Photo by SSgt Ken Melton.

BrigGen Terry Williams, the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, congratulates 2ndLt Patrick Poorbaugh following his oath and commissioning as a Marine Corps Officer at Columbia University on May 21st. Photo by StaffSgt Ken Melton.

Marine Officers are traditionally pinned by an individual of their choosing. 2ndLt Poorbaugh's mother, Kim Grierson, pinned her son to his newest rank during his commissioning ceremony. Photo by SSgt Ken Melton.

2ndLt Poorbaugh has twice been deployed in 2006 and 2008. Here, 2ndLt Poorbaugh shares a moment with his wife following his commissioning ceremony. Photo by SSgt Ken Melton.

BrigGen Terry Williams congratulates 2ndLt Poorbaugh following his oath. The ceremony was also attended by Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary Of The Navy, left, and Peter Awn, right, the Dean of the Columbia University School of General Studies. Photo by Sgt Ken Melton.

2ndLt Poorbaugh stands with his wife at the beginning of his commissioning ceremony. 2ndLt Poorbaugh graduated with a degree from Columbia University in General Studies. Photo by SSgt Ken Melton.

U.S. Navy Capt Ted Graske presents 2ndLt Patrick Poorbaugh with the iconic Mameluke Sword, a symbol of Marine leadership, during the commissioning ceremony at Columbia University on May 21st. Photo by SSgt Ken Melton.