“Starting their journey” — Kentucky commissions newest officers

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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The newest officers in the Kentucky National Guard recite their oaths during a commissioning ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., April 18, 2013. (Left to right) 2nd Lts. James Rimington, Franklin Moore, Christopher Moore and Mark Gardner. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard commissioned four Guardsmen as the newest second lieutenants during a ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, April 18, 2013.

The four graduated from the winter accelerated officer candidate school course.  Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini joined family and friends and a crowd of supporting Guardsmen in congratulating the new officers after the ceremony.

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The newest officers of the Kentucky Guard are applauded by the crowd and adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini during a commissioning ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., April 18, 2013. The four Soldiers graduated from the officer candidate school’s winter accelerated course. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

Each of the officers commented on the long road they have been on as part of the OCS course. 2nd Lt. James Rimington from Bowling Green, Ky., was elated to have made it to this moment and looks forward to his role with the 206th Engineers.

“I’m glad to be done with the OCS part,” he said. “I am extremely excited about starting my new journey as an officer in the Kentucky National Guard. I’m ready to see what the future brings and where it goes from here.”

Rimington thanked his family and friends for all the support they have giving him during his time in OCS. His wife, Ashley is no stranger to the sacrifices of the military, her brother, Spc. Tyler Hudson is deployed overseas with the Kentucky Guard’s 623rd Field Artillery. As an officer’s wife, she knows there’s more responsibilities and that she will be called upon more as well.

“I’m so proud. It’s been a lot of hard work. We’ve been through a lot to get here, I’m glad he stuck with it.” she said. “And  I look forward to becoming more involved with the Guard.”

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Ashley Rimington places new second lieutenant insignia on the uniform of her husband, 2nd Lt. James Rimington during a commissioning ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., April 18, 2013. The Rimingtons have been married for three years, with James being in school for most of it, and they believe  this is a sign they can settle down into life. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

For 2nd Lt. Franklin Moore, becoming an officer seemed like a natural thing he should do. He said he was always in leadership and mentoring roles in sports and high school, so to carry that into a military career made sense to him. His perspective on OCS will remain with him through his career. His memories and stories are ones he doesn’t think many will or could understand, but he is optimistic of his future role in the Kentucky Guard.

“It’s a difficult road, it’s definitely challenging mentally and physically, but you just have to look forward to that end goal. It’s going to be worth it and you are going to benefit from it, and you’re going to benefit others down the road,” he said.

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2nd Lt. Franklin Moore gets some help from his sister, Candace, in the pinning of his new officer insignia during a commissioning ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., April 18, 2013. The Owensboro, Ky.-native will train as a military police officer with the 617th MP Co. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

2nd Lt. Mark Gardner will be attached to the 206th Engineers and 2nd Lt. Christopher Moore will be assigned to Charlie Co. 1st Battlion, 149th Infantry.

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Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini speaks with 2nd Lt. Christopher Moore during a commissioning ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., April 18, 2013. Moore was one of four officer candidates commissioned as second lieutenants and the newest officers in the Kentucky Guard. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

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