Kentucky Guard Welcomes Their Newest Lieutenants

Photos and Story by Staff Sgt. Fred Varney/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Frankfort, Ky. — Three Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers raised their right hands and took the Oath of Office as the state’s newest military officers during a formal ceremony held April 12th at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Auditorium.

The 2010 Winter Accelerated Graduates completed a rigorous two -month training course that’s designed to improve leadership skills and help prepare them to lead Soldiers on the battlefield.

“The hardest part of the training was not being able to speak to our families,” said 2nd. Lt. Bradley J. Sumeracki, FA, B/2/138th Fires Brigade.  “The course was very intense and there was minimal free time. The instructors really challenge the students at an unbelievably frantic pace.”

Col. Stephen A. Robinson administered the oath to the 3 officers while Brig. Gen. Michael J. Dornbush presented the OCS certificates of graduation. Friends and family members continued the custom of pinning on the new officers’ gold bars of a second lieutenant.

The three graduates were Jackie A. Rachua, MI, 138th Fires Brigade, Gregory L. Slater, QM, 1204th AV Spt BN, and Bradley J. Sumeracki, FA, B/2/138th Fires Brigade.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was retired Brig. Gen. Julius Berthold.

 

About kentuckyguard