Military News for Oct. 3

October 03, 2004


Justin W. Watts has graduated from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The training provides the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Watts is the son of Gary L. and Joyce A. Watts of Harrodsburg.

He is a 2000 graduate of Mercer County High School.

Marine Corps

Pfc. Cory L. Canterbury, whose wife, Christina, is the daughter of Constance Amyx and Ballard Green Amyx, both of Brodhead, recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea while assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, homebased at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


During their time in Afghanistan Canterbury's unit confiscated and destroyed more than 10,000 pieces of ordinance, explosives and weapons, helped register 58,000 Afghan citizens to vote, treated more than 2,000 medical and dental patients and conducted more than a dozen major combat offensives in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Canterbury's unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment.

MEU's are built around a reinforced infantry battalion, a combat service support element, a reinforced helicopter squadron and a command element. With its complement of fully integrated air and ground forces, Canterbury's unit is ready to conduct real-world operations including boat raids, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, noncombatant evacuation operations and humanitarian assistance operations.

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