Cadets Commissioned as Officers in United States Army

Published 05/11 2012 05:09PM

Updated 05/11 2012 08:53PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's graduation time and three students from Missouri Western are not only graduating but also being commissioned as officers into the United States Army.

They've spent a few years as cadets in the military training program, ROTC at Missouri Western State University, and now they have been commissioned as officers.

"I'm going to be joining my brothers on active duty. I've got two brothers that are serving currently. I actually love active duty and I can't wait to get back to it," said Second Lieutenant Brett Perkins.

The United States Army commissioned three new officers.

The ceremony featured Brigadier General Gregory Mason as a guest speaker. He began his military career in 1974.

"A special honor for me because I'm a graduate of Missouri Western, so I got invited to come back to St. Joe to participate in the commissioning ceremony, so it's a great day for me and for them," said Brigadier General Gregory Mason.

Newly commissioned officer, William Vockery grew up in a military family and is happy to be stationed in St. Joseph.

"I've kind of settled down here, so it's nice not having to pack everything up to move someplace," said Second Lieutenant William Vockery.

Vockery will be an officer with the Missouri Army National Guard.

"Now I am going to be in charge of a full platoon of people who will be looking to me for answers and guidance on everything that we need to do from little things to big operations," said Lieutenant Vockery.

Lieutenant Vockery earned his masters in engineering management.

He will be joining the Signal Corps branch which develops information systems for the armed forces.

"It's communications and telecommunications, it's how our soldiers communicate back home and how people at home can communicate with them. It gets really technical and it really appealed to me," said Lieutenant Vockery.

Following graduation, the new officers will attend  Basic Officer Leadership Course for their specialty branch.

Missouri Western State University's commencement ceremonies take place Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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