by Bill Dadek
The North Carolina National Guard Military Academy located on Fort Bragg, held its graduation for Officer Candidate Class 55 and Accelerated Officer Candidate Class 24 on August 24. 2013. Nineteen new second lieutenants assigned to units of the North Carolina National Guard graduated.
The guest speaker was Brigadier General Kenneth A. Beard, Assistant State Adjutant General – Sustainment. The day prior at their graduation rehearsal, Art Rodriguez, 1st Vice President and Bill Dadek, 3rd Vice President of the chapter, spoke to the graduates about MOAA. They presented the new officers with a set of gold bars and a one year membership to MOAA. After the graduation, Bill Dadek was able to share information with BG Beard about MOAA's initiative to recognize the new officers of the National Guard.