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Florida Tech ROTC Panther Battalion Commissions New Army Second Lieutenant


Melbourne, FL – September 2, 2022

The Florida Institute of Technology ROTC Panther Battalion commissioned the newest Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in ceremonies at the Florida Tech All Faiths Center on Friday, September 2nd.  Cadet Regina Gaglione took the oath of office and pinned on the rank of an Army Second Lieutenant, with Florida Tech Panther Battalion Cadets, Cadre, family, and friends in attendance. 

Dean Robert A. Taylor, Ph.D., Professor of History and Dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts at Florida Tech was the guest speaker at the ceremony.  He reminded Gaglione of the importance of her training and on being recognized as a leader in the future.  Colonel Steve Bond, US Army Retired, Senior Vice President for the Florida Council of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), welcomed her to the Officers Corps on behalf of the 350,000 members of MOAA and wished her well on her journey as an Army Officer.   He presented Gaglione with a “Gold Bar Commissioning set” --the rank insignia of Second Lieutenants in the Army from the MOAA Cape Canaveral Chapter.

Second Lieutenant Gaglione also graduated from Florida Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology.  While at Florida Tech, she served in multiple leadership positions in the Panther ROTC Battalion, including on the Battalion Staff and in the Color Guard.  She earned a competitive three-year ROTC scholarship and was the President of the Florida Tech Rugby Club.  She is currently awaiting her service branch assignment to start her Army career. 

Photo Caption:  Second Lieutenant Regina Gaglione (Center-L), receives a certificate of membership in the Military Officers Association of America from Colonel Steve Bond (Center-R), US Army Retired.  Dean Robert Taylor (R) and Major Daniel Gil (L), Ass’t Professor of Military Science, look on.   



The Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC) is an affiliate of the national Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).  MOAA and affiliates are nonprofit veterans’ organization dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and ensuring our nation keeps its commitments to currently serving, retired and former members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors.  Membership is open to those who hold or have ever held a warrant or commission in any of the Uniformed Services or their surviving spouse.  MOAA and its affiliates are nonpartisan organizations.

Located in Brevard County, Florida, the Cape Canaveral chapter is the largest chapter in MOAA with 1200 members.  MOAACC supports MOAA’s aims at the national and local level, engages in philanthropy by providing direct support—monetarily and with volunteer hours—to local military, veterans, and their families, and is a social organization sponsoring activities for members.  For more information, visit our website at


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