Dec. 11, 2013
BALTIMORE - Former Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer player Hector Arellano was commissioned as a Naval Officer at a ceremony held Friday, Dec. 6, at Officer Training Command in Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island.
Arellano reported to Officer Candidate School (OCS) in September for a 12-week intensive indoctrination and training program, which is designed to prepare men and women from civilian life to become competent, confident and disciplined Naval Officers. Those who complete the 12-week course graduate from OCS with the rank of Ensign. Ensign Arellano was administered the oath of commissioning by his father, a retired Naval Officer.
While at OCS, Arellano was recognized as an honors graduate by excelling in the physical strength training and academic aptitude phases to graduate in the top 10-percent of his class. He will serve as a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps, commonly known as Seabees.
Before reporting to his assignment to Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Ga., home of the U.S. Navy Fleet ballistic missiles nuclear submarines force, Arellano will attend Civil Engineer Corps Officer School at Port Hueneme, Calif., to receive further training.
A 2013 graduate of Loyola with a degree in electrical engineering, Arellano was a four-year midfielder for the Greyhounds, helping them to four-straight MAAC Tournaments, a tournament and regular-season championship, and the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Virginia Beach, Va., native was a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team honoree and was selected to the NSCAA Men’s Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention team in 2011.
Arellano plans to continue playing soccer, as he will try out for the All-Navy team.