Fifth year pharmacy student Charles Nkerbu was commissioned as a U.S. Air Force officer in a ceremony held at Ritz Auditorium on Friday, March 24.
Nkerbu is now a second lieutenant who will have the remainder of his Doctor of Pharmacy education paid for by the military. Upon earning his doctorate, he will be re-commissioned as captain and will become a practicing pharmacist for the Air Force, working within the civilian sector.
According to Master Sergeant Manny Rodriguez at the Friday ceremony, only approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population enters the military, and only about three percent of entrants become commissioned officers. Nkerbu’s commission is therefore “a huge achievement,” he said.
After U.S. Air Force Captain Adrian Law administered the oath of office, Nkerbu thanked the United States, his biological family, and his pharmacy “family” at the University of Findlay. He characterized his time at UF and his military commission as “an honor.”