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1. In accordance with National Guard Regulation Number 46, the Virginia National Guard Officer Candidate School was established by General of Virginia, Major General Sheppard Crurnp, on General Order Number 23, dated 6 December 1957. After an inspection by the Senior Army Advisor for Virginia, Colonel James H. McCann, Jr., the Department of the Army issued a certificate through the National Guard Bureau, declaring the school an officially accredited Officer Candidate School effective 16 April 1958.

2. Virginia National Guard Regulation Number 35 1-5 is published by the Adjutant General of Virginia to prescribe the requirements for entrance to the school, the procedure for making application and the necessary guidelines for the conduct of the school.

3. The mission of the Virginia National Guard Oficer Candidate School is to train selected warrant officers and enlisted men and women of the Virginia Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve to become effective military leaders. The emphasis is on combat leadership. The school's further function is to assist the students in their preparation to become a branch qualified Second Lieutenant.

4. The organization of the school is as follows:

a. The OCS program operates directly under the command guidance of the 4th Battalion (General Studies), 183d Regiment (Virginia Regional Training Institute). The school also conducts operations as a company element under the coordinating authority of the 1 st Battalion (OCS), 70th Regiment (Leadership), headquartered at Camp Fretterd, MD. The battalion serves as the OCS command and control element for Region B of the Total Army School System (TASS).

b. The OCS Commander is responsible for the operation of the school. She is directly assisted by three TAC officers and two TDA instructors.

c. The "guest" Instructor Staff is composed of a select group of officers and noncommissioned officers from the Virginia National Guard and Army Reserve who instruct when needed as an additional duty.

d. The TAC Staff is composed of Lieutenants and Captains form the Virginia Army National Guard who have proven exceptional leadership ability.

e. Each class is designated numerically and formed into an officer candidate company.

National Guard applicants approved for admittance are appointed by the Adjutant General and attached to the school for administration and training. Army Reserve applicants are appointed as officer candidates by the Commander, USARC.

5. The school places primary training emphasis on the development of desirable leadership traits. Academic training consists of a branch immaterial program of instruction prepared by the U. S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Rigorous physical development programs are an integral part of the entire program. Training begins in May with Pre-Phase I instruction.
This is considered the preparatory phase which stresses orientation to OCS life, leadership and related subjects. Phase I training typically takes place during a two week annual training period in July or August. Training is the most intense during this phase. The officer candidate begins to feel the full pressure of discipline and the demands of leadership. Phase I1 consists of eleven weekend training assemblies held one weekend a month during the fall, winter and spring. Phase I11 is the final Annual Training period of 15 days. It emphasizes tactical training and small unit leadership. At the conclusion of this phase, the officer candidate will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

6. The school officially began operation on 19 April 1958 with training assembly number one for Class Number One. This initial meeting was held at the Howitzers Armory, Richmond, Virginia where weekend assemblies were held prior to occupying the new Richmond Armory on 12 February 1965.

7. Graduation and commissioning ceremonies for the twenty-three graduates of Class Number One were held at the Howitzers Armory on 23 May 1959. Governor J. Lindsay Almond delivered the main address. All subsequent graduations and commissioning ceremonies have been held at the State Military Reservation, the Oceana Naval Air Station Theater, Virginia Beach, Caroline County High School, Heth Schoolhouse, Ft. AP Hill, and at Ft. Lee, Virginia.

8. The Virginia National Guard Officer Candidate School has been successful in fulfilling its mission since the first class began in April 1958. This is evidenced by the satisfaction expressed by commanders with the caliber of junior officers they are receiving form the school.

9. Many graduates of the school have served on active duty with the U.S. Army throughout the world, including Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.

The following is pertinent data on each class:


Class Number

School Year

Number Enrolled

Number Graduated

Honor Graduate

1

1958-1959

46

23

2LT Charles W. Beddow

2

1959-1960

73

23

2LT George R. Bristol

3

1960-1961

36

23

2LT Franklin E. Weigand

4

1961-1962*

58

26

2LT Hugh M. Baker, Jr.

5

1962-1963

47

22

2LT Charles C. Floyd

6

1963-1964

66

30

2LT Carroll D. Childers

7

1964-1965

62

23

2LT Vincent L. Cable

8

1965-1966

45

21

2LT Donald E. Woodard

9

1966-1967

51

22

2LT Cecil M. Martin

10

1967-1968

61

31

2LT Bobby R. Goin

11

1968-1969

45

15

2LT Charles B. Bowles

12

1969-1970

50

21

2LT Melvin R. Wallinger

13

1970-1971

64

24

2LT Walter L. Grant

14

1971-1972**

56

21

2LT Garman L. Yates, Jr.

15

1972-1973

55

21

2LT Harvey N. Farlow

16

1973-1974

23

11

2LT Gary A. Vroegindewey

17

1974-1975

41

20

2LT Jeffrey C. Rice

18

1975-1976

52

19

2LT William Mistr

19

1976-1977

41

14

2LT Charles E. Lawson

20

1977-1978

53

21

2LT Clyde G. Moxley

21

1978-1979

56

19

2LT Anthony Zebrowski

22

1979-1980

45

19

2LT Jay L. Marts

23

1980-1981

42

21

2LT Kenneth W. Stone

24

1981-1982

37

8

2LT Leland LaVoie

25

1982-1983

52

17

2LT Larry R. Jones

26

1983-1984

22

11

2LT Secundino Mendez

27

1984-1985

26

16

2LT Lloyd K. Robinson

28

1985-1986

50

27

2LT Jonathan Berry

29

1986-1987

56

30

2LT Randy A. Raze

30

1987-1988

58

27

2LT Robert P. Ashby

31

1988-1989

40

25

2LT Marianne E. Quaintance

32

1989-1990

38

20

2LT Eric A. Horne

33

1990-1991

49

15

2LT John S. Carney

34

1991-1992

47

17

2LT Paul E. Potamianous

35

1992-1993

35

24

2LT William L. Zana

36

1993-1994

29

18

2LT Scott R. Lindell

37

1994-1995

38

14

2LT Kenneth L. Campbell

38

1995-1996

22

13

2LT Shawn O'Reilly

39

1996-1997

28

18

2LT Peter J. White

40

1997-1998

45

18

2LT Andrew J. Mulcunry

41

1998-1999

28

15

2LT Kevin E. Berger

42

1999-2000

23

11

2LT Denn Alaric

43

2000-2001

40

25

2LT David O Sutton

44

2001-2002

42

26

2LT Chun S. Chon

45

2002-2003

50

37

2LT Andrew C. Lewis

46

2003-2004

93

14

2LT Eric L. Quinn

47

2004-2005

82

16

2LT Jeremy L Arnett

48

2005-2006

46

13

2LT Christopher A. Roys

49

2006-2007

39

6

2LT Michael E. Santos

50

2007-2008

65

16

2LT Aaron D. Pennekamp

51

2008-2009

54

16

2LT Angel Pastrana Jr.

52

2009-2010

41

10

2LT Andrew S. Murray

53

2010-2011

57

13

2LT Christopher R. Epperson

54

2011-2012

55

9

2LT Jami B. Clements

55

2012-2013

48

10

2LT Jacob M. Mayes

* Three graduates of this class attended an accelerated OCS Course at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania because their unit was activated for the Berlin Crisis.
** US Army Reserve students were first enrolled in Class 14.