Governor To Speak At Salina Military Graduation

Governor Sam Brownback will be the guest speaker at a Kansas National Guard event in Salina this weekend.

The Kansas Kansas National Guard 235th Regiment will host a graduation and commissioning ceremony on Saturday. According to the agency, 17 students of Officer Candidate School Class 59 will graduate.

The graduating officer candidates who will be commissioned as second lieutenants are Serini Betacourt, William Burwell, Aaron Clopton, Eric Cooley, Thomas Denn, Jacquelyn Haneyballew, Douglas Herbert, Cody Johnson, Khoa Luong, Trey Maevers, Charles Manarang, Abdulkarim Nkrumbih, Ty Roberts, Patrick Short, Adam Taylor, Travis Thurau and James West.

The OCS traditional program consisted of a two-week Phase I and 13-month Phase II conducted one weekend a month at the Kansas Regional Training Institute in Salina. Phase III training consisted of a two-week tactical leadership course at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. It includes more than 900 hours of classroom instruction, field training exercises and physical training.