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Cotter graduate commissioned as US Marine Corps officer

Staff WriterMay 22, 2019

Having met the requirements for graduation from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in history, Krystijan David Vander Zanden was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on May 16.

Vander Zanden was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. He successfully completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia in August, 2018.

He will initially report to The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico where all new Marine Corps officers receive training and instruction in elements of tactics and warfare. Upon completion of TBS, Vander Zanden will be assigned to Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., to begin training as a Marine Corps aviator.

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