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Released August 23, 2004


HATTIESBURG --The University of Southern Mississippi Army ROTC will install a new chain of command, honor special achievement, and recognize cadets on Aug. 26. The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in the George Hurst Building theatre. The new chain of command will assume duties and responsibilities this semester for the leadership of the ROTC cadet corps at Southern Miss.

Also at this ceremony, 17 cadets will be recognized for successfully completing the Leader Development and Assessment Course conducted at Fort Lewis, Wash., and an additional seven cadets for completing the Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The Leader Development and Assessment Course is a 32-day course normally attended by cadets between their junior and senior years, and the Leader's Training Course is a 28-day course typically taken by cadets between their sophomore and junior years. Successful completion of the Leader's Training Course qualifies these seven cadets for entry into the Army ROTC Advanced Course during their junior and senior years.

The public is cordially invited to attend the installation of the new cadet chain of command and recognition of Southern Miss Army ROTC cadets for their achievements.

The Southern Miss Army ROTC program commissions approximately 20 second lieutenants each year, making it the largest ROTC program in the state. The program is led by Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty, professor of military science. For additional information, please contact Maj. Greg Hargett at 266-4460 or or Dougherty at 266-4456 or You can also visit the Southern Miss Army ROTC Web site at


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September 8, 2004 5:15 PM