Military News for Oct. 31

October 31, 2004


Pfc. Johnathan D. Walls graduated from the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot April 2 in Parris Island, S.C. Then he went to Camp LeJeune, N.C., where he completed eight weeks of IMCSF Training at Northwestern Anix in Virginia. He is stationed in Bahrain.

Walls is a 2003 graduate of Lincoln County High School. He is the son of Ricky and Fran Walls of Hustonville, and the grandson of Boyd and Lela Hoskins of Liberty, and J.W. and Nyletta Walls of Hustonville.


Camden S. Jordan has graduated from the Army ROTC (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.

He is the son of Julie B. Shaw of Harrodsburg and a 2001 graduate of Mercer County High School.

Sgt. Maj. Travis E. Steele has graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

The nine-month course is considered to be the capstone of noncommissioned officer training, preparing new and prospective sergeants major for duties as senior noncommissioned officers in positions throughout the Department of Defense and allied nation forces. Some graduates are assigned to senior enlisted advisor positions in military commands worldwide.

The curriculum focuses on leadership, resource management, training management, and military operations at the highest levels throughout the Army, with emphasis on taking care of the soldiers and their families. Course completion is mandatory for promotion to sergeant major and command sergeant major.

Steele, a finance senior sergeant, also graduated from the Command Sergeants Major Course at Fort Bliss.

The five-day course is designed to prepare Army master sergeants and sergeants major to perform the duties of a battalion command sergeant major.

Subject areas include transition of the new command sergeant major as the senior enlisted advisor to the commander, interpersonal relationships with the command and staff, assigning and utilizing soldiers and caring for soldiers and their families. The value of the course is realized through the mutual sharing of ideas and experiences among students of different job specialty backgrounds.

In addition, he has been selected for promotion to the rank of Command Sergeant Major.

He is the son of Preston Steele of Bremond, Texas, and former ward of Claretha Robertson of Marlin, Texas.

His wife, Sandra, is the daughter of Lester and Bettie L. Patton of Junction City.

The sergeant graduated in 1978 from Marlin High School, and received an associate degree in 2004 from Excelsior College through the military extension program at Fort Bliss.

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