by Bill Dadek
The 139th Regiment (North Carolina-Regional Training Institute) held its graduation ceremony for Officer Candidate Class 56 and Accelerated Officer Candidate Class 16 on Saturday 23 August 2014.
A total of twenty new Second Lieutenants graduated in a ceremony held in the JFK Auditorium on Fort Bragg. Eighteen were in the regular OCS class and two were in the accelerated OCS class.
At the rehearsal on 22 August, Chapter Vice President LTC (Ret) Bill Dadek, assisted by Chapter member LTC (Ret) Marty Williams, presented a set of Gold Bars and a 1-year free membership in MOAA to each graduate. Bill Dadek then gave a short talk on the benefits of MOAA membership.
Both Bill and Marty attended the graduation on 23 August. The guest speaker was the North Carolina Deputy Adjutant General, MG James H. Trogdon, III. The ceremony was officiated by the Regimental Commander Colonel Lawrence R. Powell.