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‘A unity of effort’: Brig. Gen. William Ward’s military career began with ROTC

The recruitment ceremony was held in the spring of 1984, with the officer candidates from the ROTC program gathered in the ballroom of Missouri Southern’s Billingsly Student Center. For Brigadier General William Ward, it was a moment that saw him continuing in his father’s footsteps. It would also prove to be a launching pad for a long and distinguished career with the National Guard. The Neosho native says he wanted to pursue a career similar to his father – a civ…

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