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The Northern Kentucky University Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program commissioned Cadet Kathryn L. Keefe as a U.S. Army officer in a campus ceremony last Friday, May 9.

Keefe has earned the rank of second lieutenant and has branched into the Army Quartermaster Corps. After graduation, she will attend 14 weeks of Basic Officer Leadership Course training at Ft. Lee, Virginia. Following training, she will relocate to her first duty station in South Korea.

Keefe’s commissioning represents four years of dedicated leadership and academic work said, 1LT William Roach, assistant professor of military science. “2LT Keefe is exactly the type leader, scholar, and athlete we want to serve in today’s Army,” Roach said. “She led the NKU Norse ROTC detachment with distinction and we are all very proud of this achievement. She has a bright future in the Army.”

While earning her B.A. in studio art, Keefe has served with the Kentucky National Guard in the 1204th Aviation Supply Battalion and worked as a veteran peer mentor at the new NKU Veteran’s Resource Station. “Northern Kentucky University is very proud of Kathryn’s contributions as a peer mentor to support veterans and family members here on campus,” said LTC® Dave Merriss, assistant director of the Veterans Resource Station. “Kathryn Keefe has been an outstanding student and she will make an exceptional officer. Her potential in the Army is unlimited and we expect she will accomplish great things during her military service.”

Conducting the oath of office was A Company 1204th Aviation Support Battalion company commander Captain Patrick Rogers. Keefe’s parents, Amy and Tim Keefe, performed the traditional pinning of insignia on Keefe’s uniform. Providing the ceremonial first salute was Sergeant First Class Todd Barger.

NKU’s Army ROTC program is offered through a consortium agreement with the Xavier University ROTC Program. The “All-for-One” Battalion is centrally located at Xavier and contains cadets from Xavier, NKU, Miami University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Thomas More College. LTC Kevin Wissel, professor of military science, has developed a strong and enthusiastic NKU detachment of students who continue to lead the way within the “All-for-One” Battalion that is an eight-time winner of the MacArthur Award for “Best Overall Battalion” in the nation.

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