Command Sergeant Major Edward Rainey

CSM Rainey was exceptionally well polished and carried himself with a poise and dignity befitting what he considered “the most important job I have ever had, teaching young people”.  CSM Rainey was a WW II combat veteran who came to Kemper in the mid 1970’s and began a process of focusing the leadership of the cadet corps in such a way that the cadets were inspired and challenged.

Although the school was in difficult financial times, CSM Rainey implored cadets to display only pride and to carry themselves with dignity.  This simple proposal became the primary heartbeat of the Corps in its final years, “Hold your head up, do the best you can do, set a good example!”

Rainey never scolded or scorned but demanded only the best of his students and the cadetshe was charged with caring for.