(From Northwest Missouri State News Services)
Two Northwest Missouri State University students are the first to graduate from the Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) program, a partnership that develops commissioned officers for the Missouri Army National Guard (MOARNG) and provides a pathway to degree completion.
Dylan Richardson, a senior nutrition and dietetics major from Savannah, and Kylee Lang, a senior criminology major from Hinton, Iowa, were commissioned in September at the state capitol building in Jefferson City.
Being one of the Northwest program’s first commissioned officers is meaningful, Lang said, and it laid a foundation for her leadership and future.
“I am setting a standard, and I can lead others to do the same,” Lang said. “I hope that people can look up to me and see that this can be the end goal.”
Richardson added, “The GOLD Program is a great way for people to gain leadership experience and further their career in the Army National Guard. It also gives you the tools to succeed through Officer Candidate School (OCS) and get your commission.”
Richardson plans to pursue a dietetics internship with his active duty Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Lang plans to stay in the military and continue her education by pursuing a master’s in forensic psychology.