Josh Turner is set to graduate as the first commissioned officer through MSSU’s Show-Me Gold program.

Missouri Southern’s Show-Me Gold officer training program has graduated its first commissioned officer.

Josh Turner, a general studies major from Carthage, graduated this May as a second lieutenant in the Missouri Army National Guard, which partners with Show-Me Gold for the program.

Now in its third year, the program consists of classroom instruction, physical training and leadership laboratories. In addition to taking regular classes at the university, officer candidates take military-science courses and fulfill other requirements through the National Guard.

Last year, Turner graduated from Officer Candidate School, which included a stint at Fort Meade, S.D., and several weeks at Camp Rapid in Rapid City. A graduation ceremony was held at the foot of Mount Rushmore.

“Josh’s commissioning is a milestone for the program,” said Capt. Chase Phillips, professor of military science and coordinator of the Show-Me Gold program. “It’s an achievement that represents years of hard work.”

Phillips said Turner will soon have others following in his footsteps. Four more officer candidates are expected to be commissioned over the summer, with another 12 next year.