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SD National Guard welcomes 11 new second lieutenants

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Army National Guard welcomed 11 new second lieutenants to its ranks following a commissioning ceremony at Camp Rapid, Aug. 19.

The ceremony marks the end of Officer Candidate School - the first step in officer training and development – and the beginning of their careers as commissioned officers.

"These Soldiers endured a culmination of three intense phases of training to prepare them for the next step in their military careers," said Lt. Col. Deb Bartunek, commander of 1st Battalion, 196th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), the SDARNG battalion responsible for conducting OCS.

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