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Chase Kemp receives US Army Second Lieutenant commission at University of North Georgia

Chase Kemp, a resident of Big Canoe and 2013 graduate of Pickens High School, recently graduated from the University of North Georgia (UNG) and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the United States Army. Kemp was a recipient of the Army’s four-year ROTC scholarship and a member of the Boars Head Brigade at the UNG.

2LT Kemp is branched Armor and will report to Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Benning, Ga. in September. Armor officers are responsible for tank and cavalry/forward reconnaissance operations on the battlefield. The role of an Armor officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the Armor Branch and to lead others in many areas of combat operations.

The commissioning ceremony took place at the Military Leadership Center at UNG on July 28, 2017. The Oath of Office was administered to 2LT Kemp by former Big Canoe resident and 2011 graduate of Pickens High School, 2LT Chase Ronske. 2LT Ronske received his officer commission in the Army from UNG in 2015 and is currently assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.  2LT Kemp’s father, Chris Kemp, and grandfather, Erv Dykstra, were honored to participate in the ceremony by pinning on his second lieutenant rank.

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The event was especially significant to 2LT Kemp’s family, as his parents, aunt, uncle, great uncle, and great grandfather all attended UNG. His father, uncle, great uncle and great grandfather were all members of the Boars Head Brigade and served as officers in the Army. His sister, McKenna Kemp, will continue the tradition as a freshman at UNG this fall.

2LT Kemp is the son of Chris & Shannon Kemp, grandson of Erv & Ginger Dykstra as well as Laura Kemp, and sister of McKenna Kemp, all residents of Big Canoe.

The University of North Georgia is the Military College of Georgia and is designated by the Department of the Army as one of six senior military colleges in the nation. The Corps of Cadets, also known as the Boars Head Brigade, was established in 1873 and is considered to be one of the finest ROTC programs in the country.

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