North Carolina National Guard OCS Graduation
by Bill Dadek
The North Carolina National Guard Military Academy located on Fort Bragg, held its graduation for Officer Candidate Class 57 at the John F. Kennedy Auditorium on August 22, 2015. Twelve candidates were commissioned as second lieutenants in the North Carolina National Guard, they were: Rusty Lee Barnett, Madrain Suwanna Bryan, Issiah Campbell Jr., Brendan Scott Carr, Lucas Aaron Hill, John Allen Johnson Jr., Joseph Ngari Muraguri, Lyabode Humani Ottun, Victoria Christina Parsells, David William Predmore, Christian Stephen Wallace and Mathew Waytt Walters.
The ceremony was hosted by Colonel Manley James, the 139th Regimental Commander. The graduation address was delivered by Brigadier General John A. Byrd, the North Carolina Assistant Adjutant General. The graduation was well attended by the family and friends of the newly commissioned officers.
Cape Fear Chapter 3rd Vice President, Bill Dadek, met with the 12 candidates at the Academy the day prior to the graduation, and presented each of them with a set of gold bars, a Velcro 2LT insignia, a pocket copy of the US Constitution, and a free one year membership in MOAA.