A naval commander with experience as a fighter pilot will be the guest speaker at a ceremony next month for the Old Dominion University Army ROTC unit and Naval ROTC Hampton Roads unit.
Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, deputy commander for Fleet Management and chief of staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (Research, Development and Acquisition), will speak at the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. on May 4 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, according to a news release from ODU.
Guadagnini graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980, the release said. He has operated from the decks of 12 different aircraft carriers and participated in combat operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
A total of 76 midshipmen, officer candidates and cadets will be commissioned at the ceremony, the release said. They will report to Army, Navy and Marine postings around the world.