Army National Guard honors 14 newest officers


A Missouri National Guard band unit provides music at the Missouri Capitol during Saturday’s graduation ceremonies for the 14 new officers from the 50th Officer Candidate School.

A Missouri National Guard band unit provides music at the Missouri Capitol during Saturday’s graduation ceremonies for the 14 new officers from the 50th Officer Candidate School. Photo by News Tribune.

Missouri’s Army National Guard has 14 new officers, including a dozen second lieutenants — the graduates of the Guard’s 50th Officer Candidate School.

“It was probably the biggest thing in my life and my family’s life — and it was unbeknownst to me at the time,” guest speaker Clyde Vaughn told this year’s graduates, their families and supporters, “was probably my graduation from OCS.”

The first Missouri Guard OCS class had 30 graduates in June 1963, Maj. Kenneth Huenink, the master of ceremonies, noted. And representatives of every class since that first one were in Saturday’s audience, he added.

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