LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A Cameron ROTC graduate made history Friday.
Hope C. Rampy was pinned Friday as a colonel in the Army. She's the first woman from the school's ROTC program to reach the rank of colonel.
Rampy transferred from OU to Cameron and joined ROTC as a way to pay for college and ended up turning it into a lifelong career. Rampy graduated from Cameron University as a distinguished military graduate and was commissioned as an Adjutant General's Corps Officer in May 1996. After attending Officer Basic School, she was assigned to the 3rd Signal Brigade, III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.
Rampy later went on to take command of the Alpha Detachment, 546th Personnel Services Battalion and supported the 1st Cavalry Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Since graduating in May of 1996, Rampy says one of the most amazing things she's done in her military career was leading soldiers in Afghanistan.
"Up to this point, probably battalion command. The opportunity to lead America's sons and daughters, and to lead 500 something soldiers of different backgrounds. I had a signal company, an MI company, and to be able to lead them, not only in garrison but to take them to Afghanistan and bring them all back home...I don't think you can trade that leadership opportunity," Col. Rampy said.
Her battalion was deployed to Afghanistan in November 2012 where they conducted route clearance, military intelligence operations, signal support and security for the BCT. Rampy served as lead for the Counter Improvised Explosive Device effort. Upon redeployment, Rampy passed her command to another and reported to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in November 2013 and served as the Military Secretary for the Director of Operations.
Colonel Rampy will finish a prestigious Army leadership course at the University of Texas before taking a leadership role at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.