ROTC Commissions First Officers from Simpson University

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program made history this year when its first seven graduates were commissioned as U.S. Army officers.

In special ceremonies that followed commencement services on Jan. 21 and April 28, the cadets—members of the first four-year cohort of ROTC students at Simpson—were administered the oath of office before family and friends by Major Kurt Walling. All seven were promoted to second lieutenant.

Walling, visiting assistant professor of military science, has led the Simpson ROTC program since its inception in 2008.

“The Army is lucky to be getting such fine officers,” he said. “These lieutenants are among the best I have seen in my 24 years of active service, and I wish I was going to be out there to work with them in the field.”

Below is information on each officer:

Kenneth Crowe was born in Anaheim, Calif., and grew up in Redding. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in January. Prior to attending Simpson, Crowe attended California State University, San Diego, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC program. Crowe has been selected for reserve duty and is planning to move to Concord, Calif., with his wife, Joy, to join a military police company.

Luke Fannin was born in Modesto, Calif., and grew up in Redding. After attending Shasta College, he earned a bachelor’s degree in outdoor leadership from Simpson in January. A member of the National Guard, he is assigned to Detachment 2, 812th Medical Company, where he has served as a Blackhawk avionics mechanic. Fannin has been selected for flight training and hopes to pilot Blackhawk helicopters.

Joshua Corson was born in Scotland and raised near San Diego. He was recruited to play baseball at Simpson, starting all four years and serving as team captain for two. Corson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in April. He is headed to Fort Rucker in Alabama for aviation training.

Matthew Escarcega was born in Fresno, Calif. He moved to Redding and attended the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry for a year before transferring to Simpson. His military awards include the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. In April, he received his bachelor’s degree in social science. He is headed to Fort Gordon in Georgia for the Signal Basic Officer Leader course.

Sarah Moores grew up in Sequim, Wash. She played basketball at Simpson for two years and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in April. Among other military training, she participated in a Cultural Immersion program trip to Africa. She is headed to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for the Engineer Basic Officer Leader course.

Nathan Polk was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., and is the son of a pastor. As one of the top 10 high school students in his region, he received a four-year ROTC scholarship to Simpson. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in April. His military training included a Cultural Immersion program trip to China. He is headed to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for the Military Police Basic Officer Leader course.

Christopher Rabichaud was born in San Diego. While at Simpson, he played baseball and golf and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in April. His military awards include the Army Achievement Medal and the German Armed Forces Fitness Badge. He is headed to Fort Benning in Georgia for the Infantry Basic Officer Leader course.


The ROTC program began at Simpson in 2008, making it the only college between Sacramento and central Oregon to offer this leadership course. Students in the program earn a Military Leadership Minor and qualify to be U.S. Army officers through a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on field experience.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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