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OXFORD, Miss. – As more than 5,500 University of Mississippi graduates celebrated Commencement with family and friends on May 11, two members of the Ole Miss Army ROTC celebrated making school history.
Lakoda Kissee, who hails from Spokane, Missouri, and Katie Smith, from Ellicott City, Maryland, became the first two female UM ROTC cadets to be commissioned into roles as combat arms officers for the Mississippi Army National Guard.
“Kissee and Smith are giving the MSARNG the opportunity to accept two outstanding women as combat arms officers, and they are giving the University of Mississippi Army ROTC program the opportunity to commission the university’s first female infantry and armor officers as well,” Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Douglas said.