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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727

For Immediate Release

Subject: C of O Alumnus Daniel Keech Commissioned into the Marines as an Officer

Daniel KeechLieutenant Daniel Keech (C of O class of 2013) was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps on Saturday, Feb. 8, during a private ceremony held at The Keeter Center.  He entered Officer Candidate School in 2011, while he was a student at College of the Ozarks, and completed two, six-week courses at the Quantico, Va., Marine Corps base.

Lt. Keech will now attend Infantry School at Quantico for six months. Following that, he will attend Flight School at either Pensacola or Corpus Christi. 

Military service is not unique in the Keech family.  Lt. Keech’s eldest brother, Christopher Keech (C of O class of 2001), serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.    Lt. Commander Keech assisted with ceremony, by passing the sword (a long tradition in commissioning ceremonies) to his younger brother.

A host of family, friends, College of the Ozarks faculty members and administrators attended the ceremony, which was conducted by Springfield, Mo., officer recruiter Captain Daniel Webber.


Caption for picture:  Led by Captain Webber, Lt. Keech (on right) takes the oath of Marine Corps Officer.


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