La. National Guard graduates new class of officers

PINEVILLE, La. – Newly commissioned second lieutenants sing the Army Song at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony from the Louisiana National Guard Officer Candidate School at the Camp Beauregard Theatre in Pineville, La., Aug. 16, 2014. The Louisiana Army National Guard has conducted the OCS program since 1960 and has graduated more than 1,695 officers. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott D. Longstreet, 241st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/ Released)

PINEVILLE, La. – Newly commissioned second lieutenants sing the Army Song at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony from the Louisiana National Guard Officer Candidate School at the Camp Beauregard Theatre in Pineville, La., Aug. 16, 2014. The Louisiana Army National Guard has conducted the OCS program since 1960 and has graduated more than 1,695 officers. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott D. Longstreet, 241st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/ Released)

PINEVILLE, La. – The Louisiana National Guard’s 199th Leadership Regiment held a graduation ceremony to commission 18 new officers at Camp Beauregard Theatre in Pineville, Aug. 16.
The mission of Louisiana’s Officer Candidate School is to train, mentor and commission the future leaders of the Army National Guard.

The 199th Leadership Regiment has conducted an OCS program since July 1960. Since graduating the first class in August 1961, more than 1,695 second lieutenants have been commissioned as of August 2014.
Officer candidates may either attend a ‘traditional’ officer candidate school one weekend a month and two annual training sessions over a period of 18 months, or attend an 8-week ‘accelerated’ course.

Several awards were presented to both the traditional and accelerated classes including:

Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia
2nd Lt. Andrew L. Hargroder
2nd Lt. Kioloni K. Readeux
2nd Lt. Dray P. Louviere

National Guard Association of Louisiana Award (Physical Fitness)
Traditional: 2nd Lt. Andrew L. Hargroder
Accelerated: 2nd Lt. Amanda L. Olivier

Academic Board Award (Academics)
Traditional: 2nd Lt. Dray P. Louviere

Leadership Award
Traditional: 2nd Lt. Dray P. Louviere
Accelerated: 2nd Lt. Amanda Olivier

Erickson Award (Distinguished Graduate)
2nd Lt. Dray P. Louviere

Adjutant General’s Award (Honor Graduate)
2nd Lt. Oleksandr Borzak