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The Officer Candidates of East Central University's Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) program invites everyone to a Dining Out to honor the tradition and heritage of military service at 5 p.m. on Friday, [APRIL 10] in the Stanley Wagner Ballroom.

Dress is evening blues or mess for active military members and Sunday best for prior military members and civilians. Those wishing to attend need to RSVP by Wednesday [APRIL 8]. Dinner is $15 per person.

Checks can be dropped off at the GOLD office in McBride Gym, room 107, or mailed to ECU GOLD, ATTN: Kevin Roland, East Central University, PMB 03, Ada, OK 74820.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Officer Candidate Michael Hill, 405-240-7097 or Captain Kevin Roland, 580-559-5822.

Military service has a long-standing tradition at ECU, beginning with the establishment of a Student Army Training Corps (SATC) during WWI.

WWII brought a training unit for the Army Air Corps to East Central, which kept the school from closing its doors due to a lack of students during wartime.

In 1971, a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) was placed on campus and remained a tradition at ECU through the 1990s.

The Oklahoma Army National Guard established its first-ever GOLD program at ECU in 2006. Through the GOLD program, students can minor in military science and earn 10 hours of college credit and earn commissions as officers in the OANG.

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