Ashely Weatherspoon Commissioned as Second Lieutenant in U.S. Army
Second Lieutenant Ashely Weatherspoon, an aging studies major, became a commissioned officer of the United States Army on May 3, 2018. She was one of 300 students graduating from Bethune-Cookman University Saturday, May 5, 2018. The Delray Beach, Florida native finished with a 3.5 grade point average.
Weatherspoon’s days as a student working – in bluesman B.B. King’s words, from “can to can’t”– rising at 4:45 a.m. to meet the demands of being a student, in Army R.O.T.C., a cheerleader, attending practices for dance team and drill team and working in the infirmary, not getting to sleep until 12 a.m. – will all give way to new challenges. She praises Major Earl Filmore, Ms. Dominique Barrs, and Mr. Anthony Chapman for molding and guiding her unto the right path.
Weatherspoon is the first female U.S. Army field artillery officer in the University's history. Ashely is a legacy. Her sister, Aishia Weatherspoon, also commissioned through B-CU Army ROTC in Spring 2013. Ashely is also only one of five females in the National Society of Pershing Rifles members at B-CU.
“I am excited to embark on a new journey. I know I am going into a predominantly male branch and also one of three combat arms. It's going to be challenging, but I know I will get through it,” she said.
Post graduation, Ashely is headed to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to complete the Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC). Weatherspoon chose the military path as a way of saying thank you to her sister.
“If I don't make a career of the military, I plan to return home to Delray Beach and open a fun center for adults that would include everything they were able to do in their youth, like dancing class and a bowling center.” Weatherspoon is also an enhanced fitness instructor.
“I just want to inspire others,” she said. “You can do anything you set your mind to."
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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.