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UNG honors 25 top senior cadets

Bob Mathews speaks to cadets at DMS review
Bob Mathews, president and CEO of Colliers International and an alumnus, spoke to cadets and DMS recipients during the Sept. 11 review.

On Sept. 11, the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Boar's Head Brigade held the 2016 Distinguished Military Students (DMS) Review, conducted annually to honor senior ROTC cadets who have excelled academically and as leaders.

Bob Mathews, president and CEO of Colliers International and an alumnus, congratulated the 25 recipients as keynote speaker for the event. Along with Mathews, the reviewing party included UNG President Bonita Jacobs; Col. Brent Cummings, professor of military science at UNG; and retired COL Tom Palmer, commandant of cadets at UNG.

"What you do here is important; you are the future of the United States Army and the security of our nation," Mathews said. "You have distinguished yourselves by your selection and I challenge you to use it for good for all of those who will know you and those who will be led by you."

This year's DMS recipients are: cadet 2nd Lt. Seth Bailey; cadet Capt. Mark Beyrer; cadet Capt. Collin Bezely; cadet 1st Lt. Benjamin P. Cerra; cadet Capt. Sean Curry; cadet 2nd Lt. Daniel Dershay; cadet 1st Lt. Mikaya Emma; cadet 2nd Lt. Alex Ezuka; cadet 1st Lt. William Ferris; cadet Capt. Larry K. Glover III; cadet Lt. Col. Joshua Hill; cadet Maj. Isaiah Z. Hunt; cadet Lt. Col. Kris Irvin; cadet Capt. Krystal Jemmott; cadet Col. Reed Johnston; cadet Capt. Kyle Kormpovsky; cadet Maj. Mason Kelley; cadet Capt. Seth McCormick; cadet 1st Lt. Minwoo Lee; cadet Capt. Daniel Parker; cadet Capt. Marlena Schmidt; cadet Capt. Austin Stewart; cadet 2nd Lt. Walter Turner; cadet 2nd Lt. Brett Williams; and cadet 1st Lt. Adam Watts.

To be selected, a cadet must be in the upper half of the academic class, the upper third of the ROTC class, and the upper third of UNG's Order of Merit List, established by the professor of military science. Additionally, cadets are selected on the basis of interest and aptitude for military service and outstanding qualities of leadership and initiative as demonstrated by participation and achievement in campus, civic and military activities.

"There's a soldier out there, we don't know where he or she is, but they want the very best leader – they want you, that DMS, to come lead them," Cummings said.

Cummings also thanked UNG faculty and administration and parents for their role in developing future leaders.

"Parents, thank you for what you've given to this university, and now to our Army. You have raised a son or daughter who is willing to do something more than the average American is willing to do and you should be very proud," Cummings said. "You have raised a child to now be an adult leader and we are grateful."

The DMS Review and DMS Dinner, held Sept. 10, were part of the first Boar's Head-Corps Alumni Weekend, which aimed to connect current and former cadets during a weekend of mentoring and networking. The weekend was sponsored by the North Georgia Corps of Cadets Association and included a variety of events, classes, speakers, socials, recognitions and remembrances, including guest speaker Kris "Tanto" Paronto, former Army Ranger portrayed in the movie "13 Hours."

Networking opportunities for all levels of UNG cadets included panel discussions in a variety of career fields and military briefings featuring recently deployed, active duty junior officers.

UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the nation and is designated as The Military College of Georgia and a state leadership institution.

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