Deer Creek's Rachel Kemp: Oklahoma Army National Guard Spotlight - Presented by Oklahoma Army National Guard
Deer Creek High School’s Rachel Kemp enlisted into the Oklahoma National Guard this summer in the middle of the pandemic. That wasn’t enough to keep her from following her desire to serve and be a part of something bigger than herself.
“I’ve always been intrigued by military service and by the men and women who selflessly serve our country. So for me, military service was kind of a no-brainer,” said Kemp. “I knew I was wanting to join but it took a while for me to settle down on a branch. After lots of thinking however, I decided to join the National Guard because I felt it was overall the better option for me as I would prefer to remain stateside at least until after college.”
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather who served in the U.S. Army and her father who served in the U.S. Navy, Kemp will attend basic training and Advance Infantry Training (AIT) where she will learn to become a mechanic on the Chinook helicopter.
“After I go through basic and AIT, I will be a Chinook Helicopter Repairer. I’ve always been passionate about aviation since as long as I can remember and recently discovered my love for engineering as well, so I figured this job should be a nice blend of the two,” said Kemp.
The National Guard offered Kemp the opportunity to go to college while serving and stay close to home affording her the opportunity to serve her state and community.
“What was most appealing about the National Guard to me was being able to help others in my community in times of need and being able to serve whilst staying close to home,” said Kemp. “I do plan on attending college while serving. I hope to go to Oklahoma State University once I finish basic and be in the ROTC program there as well.”
Kemp said anyone looking into military service or considering the National Guard, should stay focused on their future and live with purpose.
“For others on this same journey, I would tell them to stay focused and go out with a purpose. Always keep your head straight and look ahead at the future to come,” said Kemp.
Kemp has a lot on her plate this year and it will ramp up when she attends basic training and AIT. After college and possibly going into the ROTC program at OSU, Kemp may make the military a fulltime career.
“I think there is a good chance I will continue along this path with the National Guard for a while. I truly feel as I am bettering myself everyday by choosing to go down this path. I don’t see myself quitting anywhere in the near future,” said Kemp.