Every once in a while, we are able to take part in something out of the norm for us.
Ronnie Colina (pictured at the top right), a member of the Air Force ROTC at the University of Oklahoma and a huge Thunder fan, was scheduled to receive his commission of second lieutenant earlier this month, along with fellow cadet Travis Minto (top left). The two were charged with securing a guest speaker to address their friends and family at the ceremony, and Ronnie reached out to us to see if someone from the Thunder would be able to take part.
Turns out, Thunder broadcaster Brian Davis had a little time to give on the day of their ceremony and was honored to be featured as the guest speaker.
Though at first Ronnie seemed a little stunned that the play-by-play voice for his favorite team would actually be able to attend, he quickly stepped up and made sure all the details were set.
Davis talked some about the Thunder – highlighting how some of our core principles, like teamwork and humility, line up with those of the Air Force. But mostly he sought to honor the courage and the service of the young men being commissioned that day, as well as all of our servicemen and -women.
Congratulations to Second Lieutenants Colina and Minto, and – especially during this time of year – thank you to all those who don a uniform in service to our country.
- Karina Henderson