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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Alabama companies awarded defense contracts

Turner Construction Co. Inc. of Huntsville was awarded on Sept. 28, 2009 a $333,359,000 firm-fixed-price contract to design and construct a 845,000 GSF community hospital at Fort Benning, Ga.

Primary facilities include an inpatient medical facility with ancillary services, clinics, central energy plant, special foundations, ambulance garage and building information systems. This project is conjunctively funded with $278 million DHP MILCON funding and $125 million of Army BRAC funds, for a total of $403 million.

Work is to be performed in Fort Benning, Ga., with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2013.

Three bids solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity.

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BAE Systems Inc. of Anniston, was awarded on Sept. 25, 2009 a $10,344,949 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.

This contract is for the Mortar Fire System, purchase of long lead item parts, ambulance markings, process and shipping, engine repairs, armor harvesting, and transmission repair.

Work is to be performed in Anniston, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 25, 2010. One bid solicited with one bid received.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, TACOM, AMSCC-TAC-AHLA, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity.

Hometown News: Torey Bell

Army Reserve Pfc. Torey D. Bell has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is the son of Veronica Bell of Greenbriar Road, Montgomery, and Ray Bell of Buckview court, Pike Road.

Bell is a 2005 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Montgomery.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Former Air University commander died this week

Here's the obituary in our paper today. Story coming.

FURLONG, Lt. Gen. Raymond Bernard, 83 of Montgomery, passed away at his home on September 28, 2009. He was born August 23, 1926, in Saint Mary's, Pennsylvania, the son of Raymond and Grace (Mulhern) (Trambley) Furlong. He graduated from St. Vincent's Preparatory School, Latrobe, PA. in 1944 and attended Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. as part of the Navy V12 program.

While at Ursinus, he met his future wife, Dorothy Louise Derr. They were married on October 8, 1949 at St. Eleanor's Church in Collegeville, PA.

Through his career with the Air Force, Ray and Dot lived in the Philippines, Japan, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Germany, Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C., Texas, and finally, Alabama. Furlong's last assignment was as Commander of Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Ursinus College, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and a P.H.D.in Education from Auburn University.

Furlong also graduated from Squadron Officer School, U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, and National War College. He earned numerous decorations and service awards, including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Furlong served as the Headmaster of St. James School in Montgomery from 1983 -1998. As headmaster he undertook a significant building and renovation campaign that resulted in the expansion of the school at the current Vaughn Road location. Ray and Dot have many fond memories of their years at St. James School.

Furlong is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Dorothy Louise Derr Furlong; his sister, Julia Wade Atkinson (York, PA); his children: Michael and his wife, Claire (Trussville, AL); Judith and her husband William Bernier (Endwell, NY); Peter and his wife Donna (Kennewick, WA); Catherine and her spouse Larry Kahn (Vienna, VA); David and his wife Eme (Hyattsville, MD); Mark and his wife Ella (Tallassee, AL); Daniel and his wife Nita (Alabaster, AL); eighteen grandchildren: Megan (Leif) Graham; Theresa (Jed) Kennedy; Alycia and Jeremiah Furlong; Billy, Anne, John, Grace and Rose Bernier; Timothy and Raymond Furlong; Jonathon, Ruth and Timothy Furlong; Paul and Elizabeth Furlong; Russell and Ryan Furlong; and one great grandchild, Joshua Graham.

Visitation will be on September 30, 2009 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the Leak Memory Funeral Home, 945 Lincoln Rd., Montgomery, AL.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on October 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM at St. Peters Catholic Church, 219 Adams Ave, Montgomery. Rev. Patrick Driscoll, pastor and friend of the Furlong family will officiate. Burial will be at St. Margaret's Cemetery, Montgomery, immediately following the Mass. A reception will be held at St James, Leu Elementary following the burial for family, close friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James School, 6010 Vaughn Rd. Montgomery, AL 36116 or Hospice of Montgomery, 1111 Holloway Park, Montgomery, AL 36117-1902. Leak-Memory Chapel Directing www.leak-mc.com

Alabama companies awarded defense contract

Steward Machine Co., Inc. of Birmingham was awarded on Sept. 24, 2009 a $16,995,000 firm-fixed-price contract.

The Nashville District USACE Chickamauga Dam new lock construction is scheduled to start in the summer of FY2010.

This acquisition is part of the supporting material need for the doors and bulkhead valves for the operation of the lock. Work is to be performed in Birmingham, with an estimated completion date of June 1, 2011.

Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, Nashville, Tenn., is the contracting activity.

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Gan Corp. of Huntsville, was awarded on Sept. 24, 2009 a $5,370,562 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.

This contract is for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Command / Armed Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC / ARSTRAT) Simulation Center operations and support.

This is a super computer center. Work is to be performed in Redstone Arsenal, and Huntsville, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2014.

Four bids solicited with four bids received. U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Redstone Arsenal, is the contracting activity.
Monday, September 28, 2009

Alabamians in the military

Air Force Airman 1st Class Bradley T. Clinton graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Clinton is the grandson of Grady and Anna Smith of Mims Lane, Prattville.

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Air Force Airman Harrison W. Siems graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Siems is the son of Lisa Siems of Clubview Drive, and Dean Siems of Calumet Parkway, both of Prattville.

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Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Steven D. Harris graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Harris graduated in 2000 from Robert E. Lee High School, Montgomery, and received a bachelor's degree in 2007 from Auburn University, Montgomery.

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Air Force Airman Brandon M. Ward graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Ward earned distinction as an honor graduate of the course.

He is a 2003 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Montgomery.

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Daniel J. Monplaisir graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 32 days of training provide 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 by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve.

The cadet is a student at Auburn University, Montgomery.

He is the son of Don C. and Deborah M. Monplaisir of Joryne Drive, Montgomery.

The cadet is a 2005 graduate of Evangel Family Christian Academy, Montgomery.

Alabamians in the military

Army National Guard Pfc. Quardricka V. Mandosia has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

She is the sister of Cortrell Mandosia of Liberty Drive, Montgomery, and niece of James Mandosia of Illinois Drive, Shreveport, La.

Mandosia is a 2008 graduate of Jefferson Davis High School, Montgomery.

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Air Force Airman Jennifer M. Puckett graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

She is the daughter of Billy B. and Lori S. Puckett of Grayson Grove, Montgomery.

Puckett is a 2003 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Montgomery.

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Army National Guard Pfc. Tamara E. Smith has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Mary Smith of Oxford Drive, Montgomery.

Smith is a 2008 graduate of Jefferson Davis High School, Montgomery.

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Army National Guard Pvt. Michael Z. Donovan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is the grandson of Milton Donovan of County Road 57, Prattville.

Donovan is a 2008 graduate of Hope Christian High School, Pelham.

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Navy Seaman Recruit Matthew A. Smith, son of Oni R. Smith of Prattville, and Timothy E. Smith of Dothan, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Smith completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Smith is a 2009 graduate of Slocomb High School of Slocomb.

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Navy Seaman Stephen M. Holley, son of Charlotte Holley of Tallassee, and Micheal Holley of Titus, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Holley is a 2007 graduate of Wetumpka High School of Wetumpka.

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Erica R. Goodson graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 32 days of training provide 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 by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve.

The cadet is a student at the Marion Military Institute.

She is the daughter of Crystal L. and stepdaughter of Danny K. Bass of Ski Club Drive, Wetumpka.

The cadet is a 2008 graduate of Holtville High School, Deatsville.

Local members of the 217th MP Company serving in Iraq

Army National Guard Pfc. Lynzy D. Bosworth has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.

Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.

Bosworth, a military police member, is normally assigned to the 217th Military Police Company, Prattville. He has two years of military service.

He is the son of Kathy D. Bosworth of County Road 535, Marbury.

The private is a 2006 graduate of Marbury High School.

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Army National Guard Pfc. Charles B. Tillery has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tillery, a military police member, is normally assigned to the 217th Military Police Company, Prattville. He has one year of military service.

He is the son of Charles B. and Sandy A. Tillery of Wares Ferry Road, Montgomery.

The private is a 2005 graduate of Chapman Christian Academy, Millbrook.

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Army National Guard Spec. Daniel B. Richardson has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Richardson, a military police member, is normally assigned to the 217th Military Police Company, Prattville, Ala. He has one year of military service.

He is the son of David B. Richardson of Chubbehatchee Circle, Wetumpka. His wife, Sarah, is the daughter of David F. and Gladys L. Atnip of Corsey Grove Way, Soperton, Ga.

The specialist graduated in 1991 from La Casa Christian School, and received a bachelor's degree in 1996 from Faulkner University, both of Montgomery. He earned a master's degree in 1999 from Auburn University Montgomery.

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Army National Guard Pfc. Christopher A. Howard has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Howard, a military police member, is normally assigned to the 217th Military Police Company, Prattville. He has two years of military service.

He is the son of Arwilda Hamilton of King St., Pike Road.

The private is a 2002 graduate of Jefferson Davis High School, Montgomery.





Alabama companies awarded defense contracts

Clement Group, LLC. of Montgomery was awarded on Sept. 23, 2009 a $5,857,425 firm-fixed-price contract of the construction of a chapel complex PN 10903, Fort Rucker.

Work is to be performed in Fort Rucker, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 17, 2010.

Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with 11 bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity.

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Miltope Corp. of Hope Hull was awarded on Sept. 18, 2009 a $33,308,430 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity firm-fixed-price contract.

This contract is to purchase the maintenance support device-Version 3 system of the integrated family of test equipment. Work is to be performed in Hope Hull, (46 percent), Huntsville, (35 percent), Ontario, Calif., (1 percent), Robbinsville, N.J., (2 per cent), Englewood, Colo., (9 percent), Elkridge, Md., (5 percent), and City of Industry, Calif., (2 percent) with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2014.

Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with 1 bid received. U.S. Army Joint Munitions & Lethality Contracting Center, Picatinny, N.J., is the contracting activity.


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Teledyne Brown Engineering, Huntsville, was awarded on Sept. 22, 2009 a $13,755,140 cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts.

This contract is for a whole system live agent test chamber final design, verification, fabrication and installation.

Work is to be performed in Huntsville, Ala., (50 percent), and Dugway, Utah, (50 percent) with an estimated completion date of Mar. 23, 2012.

Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with one bid received. U.S. Army Research Development Engineering Command Acquisition Center, Edgewood Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.


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Hollon/Barlovento JV, Dothan, was awarded on Sept. 18, 2009 a $6,350,392 firm-fixed-price contract.

This project is for the design and construction of a weapons repair shop at Fort Benning, Ga. functional areas include room/areas for communication equipment repair; weapons repair bay; weapon quality check and test firing booth; and parts storage area.

Supporting facilities include vehicle parking, antiterrorism measures, building information system, heating/ventilation/cooling, and energy monitoring and control system, utilities, security lighting, fencing, sewer, storm drainage, walks, curbs, gutters, and site development.

Work is to be performed in Fort Benning, Ga., with an estimated completion date of June 12, 2011. Five bids were solicited with five bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity.

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Wyle Laboratories, Inc of Huntsville, was awarded a $8,581,458 contract to research, test, develop, and deliver engineering change proposals/technical directives, engineering and technical design review recommendations, installation procedures and practical findings, process Improvement recommendations and practical findings and technical reports for the Navy's, E-2/C-2/MPT aircraft modifications and installations analysis project.

At this time, $387,895 was obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.
Friday, September 18, 2009

Alabama company awarded defense contract

Wyle Laboratories, Inc. of Huntsville, was awarded a $28,349,190 contract for the Reliability Information Analysis Center to research, test develop, and deliver engineering/analysis reports, test plans and or procedures, investigation reports, technical management work plans, safety assessment reports and technical reports for the F-15 avionic reliability, sustainability and Refreshment Program requirement.

At this time $13,155,399 has been obligated. 55 CONS, LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.

Hometown News: Ryne Burns

Army National Guard Pfc. Ryne E. Burns has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.

Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.

Burns, a military police member, is normally assigned to the 217th Military Police Company, Prattville. He has more than one year of military service.

He is the son of Wallace E. and Mary L. Burns of County Road 53, Billingsley.

The private is a 2007 graduate of Billingsley High School.
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hometown News: Robert Hindi


Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Robert B. Hindi graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of William Hindi of Asbury Drive, Prattville.

Hindi is a 2008 graduate of Stanhope Elmore High School, Millbrook.

Hometown News: Kendrick Sellers

Navy Seaman Recruit Kendrick J. Sellers, son of Carnetica J. Brown of Hayneville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Sellers completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Sellers is a 2009 graduate of Central High School of Hayneville.

Hometown News: Cortney Harris

Navy Seaman Recruit Cortney D. Harris, daughter of Wilma R. Crosby of Montgomery, and Benidict B. Hampton of Montgomery, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Harris completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Harris is a 2005 graduate of Jefferson Davis High School of Montgomery.

Hometown News: Jennifer Galvin

Coast Guard Seaman Jennifer M. Galvin, daughter of Della D. and Joseph M. Galvin of Eclectic, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J.

During the eight-week training program, Galvin completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship. A major emphasis is also placed on physical fitness, health and wellness.

Galvin and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard's core values -- honor, respect and devotion to duty -- and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct. Galvin will join 36, 000 other men and women who comprise Coast Guard's force.

Men and women train together from the first day in the Coast Guard just as they do aboard ships and shore units throughout the world. To reinforce the team concept, Galvin, and other recruits were trained in preventing sexual harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, civil rights training, and the basics of the work-life balance, as well as total quality management.

Galvin is a 2007 graduate of Elmore County High School of Eclectic.
Monday, September 14, 2009

Alabama companies awarded defense contract

Tyonel Fabrication Corp. of Madison, was awarded on Aug. 28, 2009, a $7,393,190 firm-fixed-price contract for the continuous technology refreshments/product modernization to deliver 246 New and Improved Remote Rockets Assembly Units in Support of the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior Helicopter.

Work is to be performed in Madison, with an estimated completion date of May 12, 2012.

One bid solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Acquisition Center, Redstone Arsenal, is the contracting activity.

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Wyle Laboratories, Inc. of Huntsville was awarded a $24,154,583 contract to research, test, develop, and deliver analysis, targeting enhancements and modifications, system assessments, cost analysis and research recommendation for the special capabilities office.

At this time $118,175 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.


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Wyle Laboratories, Inc., of Huntsville was awarded a $8,695,646 contract for the Reliability Information Analysis Center to research, test, develop, and deliver an integrated master plan, integrated master schedule, system safety program plan, system safety hazard analysis, test procedures, and test plans for the modernization Program and Munitions Lift Trailers.

At this time, $474,947 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD is the contracting activity.

Former Air University commander has died

A former Air University commander, who was instrumental in establishing the Senior NCO Academy, has passed away.

Lt. Gen. Alvan C. Gillem II was the 12th commander of Air University serving here from Aug. 1970 to Nov. 1973. He was 92 at the time of his death Sept. 3.

For the complete story, check out Air University's Leader Magazine.
Friday, September 11, 2009

Hometown News: Semetria Scott

Navy Seaman Semetria L. Scott, daughter of Crystal D. Scott of Prattville and Darrel Davis of Prattville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Scott completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Scott is a 2009 graduate of Prattville High School of Prattville, Ala.

Hometown News: Christopher Washington

Army Pfc. Christopher T. Washington has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is the son of Phyilis Washington of Ross Road, Wetumpka, Ala.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Guard officials meets, discuss needs and capabilities

Local National Guard officials are in Nashville today to get caught up on major issues, legislative initiatives and rub elbows with senior leaders.

It’s the 131st National Guard Association of the United States General Conference and Exhibition.

Maj. Gen. A.C. Blalock, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard, is attending, along with adjutant generals of all state Guards.

Some scheduled speakers are:
--Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norman Schwartz;
--Dennis McCarthy, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs;
--Air Force Secretary Michael Donley;
--Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli;
--Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
--and the Guard’s first four-star general, Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley.

“We’ll know what the long term plan of the Department of Defense is and they’ll know what we think our requirements are,” Blalock said. “It’s always good to know everybody’s positions on things like that.”

Budget cuts and a lagging economy have real affects on the Guard, Blalock said, and those issues are discussed in meetings like this one.

Equipment is a major priority and the Guard is facing equipment shortfalls at home since so much is being used to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But, the problem isn’t as bad as it was a few years ago when just 40 percent of Guard equipment was stateside. Now, it’s up to 70-75 percent, Blalock said.

It was at a similar meeting of Guard officials that the equipment shortage came up, Blalock said, and they’ve been working to correct the problem, although Blalock estimates they’re about five years away from being fully equipped.

He’ll be attending with Col. Brian Morgan, the Alabama Guard’s judge advocate, and Col. Jeff Smiley, commander of the 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field. About 25 others from the Alabama Guard will be attending the three-day conference.

The conference will produce a list of things that would be good for the Guard, Blalock said, and that list goes to the senior leadership who begin addressing those needs.

Work comes first, but there’s also time for socializing and networking with the other officers at the conference.

“It’s always good to see the future leadership,” Blalock said.

Hometown News: Shay Pettiway

Army Reserve Pvt. Shay M. Pettiway has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Hayes and Felecia Pettiway of Fraley Lane, Deatsville.

Pettiway is a 2009 graduate of Stanhope Elmore High School, Millbrook.
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hometown News: William Pruett

Army Reserve Pvt. William H. Pruett has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Pruett is the son of Debbie Mayer of Sagewood Drive, Montgomery.

He is a 2009 graduate of the Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School.

Army units in Afghanistan get extended tours

This just showed up in my inbox from the Department of Defense:


The Department of the Army announced today the extension of a division headquarters and a combat aviation brigade in Afghanistan, as well as the future deployment of a division headquarters with recent Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) experience.


These moves are part of an initiative to place units on a habitual rotation to take advantage of their knowledge of the complex environment to which they are returning and to increase deployment stability. We will seek to better align the rotation of units and their headquarters for force cohesion.


The units being extended are the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C., and the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga. The 82nd Airborne Division will extend its current deployment by approximately 50 days, and the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade will extend for 14 days. These extensions are necessary to allow follow-on units to accrue one year of time at home station before redeploying (dwell time). The process will be managed to avoid any stop-loss for personnel.


The follow-on forces will deploy in the late spring of 2010. They are the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters, Fort Campbell, Ky., which will now deploy six months sooner than previously planned, and the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, N.Y.


These adjustments to the OEF troop rotation achieve better continuity at the division headquarters level in Afghanistan and increase deployment stability for the soldiers and families of these units. When these adjustments are completed, the units will deploy at close to a 1-2 ratio (1 year deployed - 2 years home) -- much better than today's ratio.


This rotation continues the U.S. commitment to maintain the level of forces necessary to provide sufficient military capability for the NATO-International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to further improve security and stability operations. In consultation with Afghan officials and NATO, commanders continue to assess the situation to ensure sufficient force levels to best support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, perform counter-terrorism operations, assist with reconstruction, and train and equip the Afghan national security forces. Afghan security forces continue to develop capability and assume responsibility for security. This U.S. force rotation may be tailored based upon changes in the security situation.


"These adjustments to our force flow strategy are an important element in supporting the commander of ISAF's efforts to develop greater campaign continuity in regard to maximizing experience and stability in Operation Enduring Freedom," said Lt. Gen. J.D. Thurman, the U.S. Army's deputy chief of staff for operations.

Huntsville company awarded defense contract

Wyle Laboratories, Inc. of Huntsville, was awarded a $9,661,616 contract for the Reliability Information Analysis Center to research, test, develop, and deliver engineering/analysis reports, test procedures/test reports, technical and management work plans, integrated master schedules, safety assessment reports, and data accession list for the Special Operations Forces/Combat Search and Rescue Reliability Maintainability & Sustainability Program.

At this time, $869,565 has been obligated.

55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity.

Hometown News: William Andrews

Army Reserve Pfc. William M. Andrews has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is the son of William and Rita Andrews of Daffodil Court, Millbrook.

His uncle and aunt, Paul and Rebecca Stanford, reside on Gulfview Drive, Panama City Beach, Fla.

The private is a 2006 graduate of Evangel Christian Academy, Montgomery.

Hometown News: Michael McMullen


Air Force Airman Michael P. McMullen graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

McMullen is a 2005 graduate of Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School, Montgomery.

Hometown News: Jermaine Nelson


Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jermaine D. Nelson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the grandson of Solonia Anderson of Riviera Road, Montgomery.

Nelson is a 2008 graduate of Atmosphere Academy, Montgomery.

Hometown News; Justin Yow


Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin T. Yow graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Jerrie Yow of Kingston Place, Prattville, and grandson of Virgina Yow of Brewer Drive, Nashville, Tenn.

Yow graduated in 2000 from Tri-County High School, Prattville, and received a bachelor's degree in 2005 from Auburn University, Montgomery.

Hometown News: Le Darrius Parmer


Air Force Airman Le Darrius Parmer graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Mary Parmer of Blackwood Drive, and nephew of Martha Rushing of Croydon Lane, both of Montgomery.

Parmer is a 2007 graduate of St. Jude High School, Montgomery.

Hometown News: Joshua Lathan


Air Force Airman Joshua L. Lathan graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Tracey and Shirley Lathan of First St., Montgomery.

Lathan is a 2003 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Montgomery.

Hometown News: Suretha Barlow


Air National Guard Airman Suretha D. Barlow graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

She is the daughter of Cynthia Barlow Nichols of Kiwanis St., and Willie Murrell of S. Holt St., both of Montgomery, Ala.

Barlow is a 1997 graduate of Sidney Lanier High School, Montgomery.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hometown News: Jeremiah Collins

Army National Guard Pvt. Jeremiah Collins has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

He is the son of Connie Collins of Taylor St., Montgomery.

Collins is a 2006 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Montgomery.

Rogers meets with veterans Friday

Rep. Mike Rogers will be meeting with his Veterans Advisory Council on Friday in Lineville.

It's the third meeting of the council he created, made up if veterans from the third district.

The meeting is at 2 p.m. at the Lineville Armory, 168 West Main Street.

More leadership changes coming to Maxwell

Another game of leadership musical chairs is going on at Maxwell AFB soon.


Maj. Gen. Stephen Miller is retiring. He's been the commander of the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and the vice commander of Air University since last summer when Lt. Gen. Peck moved up as Air University to take over for Gen. Stephen Lorenz as he moved to command Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB in Texas.


Miller will be succeeded by Maj. Gen. Maurice Forsyth, currently the command of the Spaatz Center for Officer Education and commandant of the Air War College at Maxwell.


A new general is joining the academic circle to take Forsyth's place. Maj. Gen. Robert Kane is currently the commanding general for the Coalition Air Force Transition Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command -- Iraq in Baghdad.

I'll post more as soon as I get change of command dates and other details.

Hometown News: Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan K. Shaw has entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year. The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.

Phase one involves personal in-processing, orientation, and training in the fundamentals of being a cadet. Cadet trainees are prepared to adjust from civilian to military life and disciplines, and learn proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching, and living quarters standards.

During phase two, cadets train outdoors living in tents while learning to function in field conditions. Cadets apply and practice team work, cohesion and learn to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault, and leadership reaction courses, and participate in a rescue mission termed Operation Warrior.

He is the son of Mark and Katrina Shaw of Wynlakes Blvd., Montgomery.

Shaw is a 2009 graduate of the Trinity Presbyterian School, Montgomery.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Maxwell officer court martialed

Last week, Capt. Rachelle M. Wiler faced five charges of violating the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

Her court martial was held at Maxwell AFB on Aug. 26.

She's assigned to the 34th Student Squadron and plead guilty to violating a lawful regulation, fraternizing with an enlisted person and committing adultery with another officer.

Wiler plead not guilty and was found not guilty by the military judge of engaging in conduct unbecoming an officer and make a false official statement.

The military judge sentenced her to receive a reprimand and forfeit $2,500 of pay per month for two months.

Huntsville company awarded defense contract

SCI Technology, Inc. of Huntsville is being awarded a $55,860,200 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract to provide Light Armored Vehicle/Amphibious Assault Vehicle Intercommunication Equipment in support of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Command and Control (C2) Systems Division.


This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $99,988,665.


Work will be performed in Huntsville and is expected to be completed by August 2010.


If all options are exercised, work could continue until August 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.


This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities web site and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command E-commerce web site, with an unlimited number of proposals solicited and one offer received.


The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

Hometown News: Courtney Murphy

Air Force Airman Courtney A. Murphy graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Barbara Thompson of Amelia St., Montgomery.

Murphy is a 2008 graduate of Lee High School, Montgomery.


Hometown News: Alex Mitchell

Navy Seaman Recruit Alex D. Mitchell, son of Phyllis H. Richardson of Pike Road, and Alphonso D. Mitchell of Montgomery, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Mitchell completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Mitchell is a 2008 graduate of Jefferson Davis High School of Montgomery.

Hometown News: Brent Cox


Air National Guard Airman Brent M. Cox graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Billy Cox of Main St., Millbrook, and Samantha Kyser of Judge Road, Hope Hull.

Cox is a 2007 graduate of Stanhope Elmore High School, Millbrook.

Hometown News: Jason Lichau

Jason C. Lichau has been selected for promotion to the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

He is a systems integration project manager with Air Forces Southern Communications at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz., and has served in the military for 11 and a half years.

Lichau is the son of Charlene Lichau of Mentor Road, Louisville, Tenn., and Rick Lichau of Spartanburg, S.C.

His wife, Shena, is the daughter of Jim Walker of Papillion, Neb., and Rebecca Miller of Montgomery.

The staff sergeant graduated in 1998 from William Blount High School, Maryville, Tenn. In 2004, he earned two associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery.

Hometown News: Thea Amberson

Marine Corps Pvt. Thea E. Amberson, daughter of Cecil L. and stepdaughter of Connie S. Amberson of Clanton, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Amberson and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Amberson spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Amberson and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values--honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

Amberson and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.

Hometown News: Richard Payne

Marine Corps Pfc. Richard D. Payne, a 2007 graduate of Greenville High School, Greenville, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Payne and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Payne spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Payne and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values--honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

Payne and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.

Hometown News: Daniel McBrayer

Daniel McBrayer has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year.

The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel and become eligible to receive as much as $50,000 toward a college education. After completion of basic military training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty prior to being assigned to their first permanent duty station.

The recruit qualifies for a $5,000 enlistment bonus.

McBrayer, a 2008 graduate of Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., will report to Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., for basic training in December 2009.

He is the son of Catriona McBrayer of Highway Ave. N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and William McBrayer of Wendy Meadow Lane, Prattville.

Hometown News: Andrew Wynne

Andrew F. Wynne has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.

Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during the challenging, motivating "hands-on" training. The training develops well-disciplined, highly motivated, physically conditioned students, and helps improve the cadets' self-confidence, initiative, leadership potential, decision making, and collective team cohesion. The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, Army values, ethics, warrior ethos, rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation, and squad-level operations field training.

The cadet is a student at Marion Military Institute.

He is the son of Tressa M. and stepson of Solomon G. Jallath of Farmington Road, Montgomery.

Wynne is a 2009 graduate of the Alabama Christian Academy, Montgomery.

Hometown News: Gregory Hodgkins

Gregory A. Hodgkins has entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year. The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.

Phase one involves personal in-processing, orientation, and training in the fundamentals of being a cadet. Cadet trainees are prepared to adjust from civilian to military life and disciplines, and learn proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching, and living quarters standards.

During phase two, cadets train outdoors living in tents while learning to function in field conditions. Cadets apply and practice team work, cohesion and learn to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault, and leadership reaction courses, and participate in a rescue mission termed Operation Warrior.

He is the son of Russell and Donella Hodgkins of Inner Circle, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery.

Hodgkins is a 2008 graduate of Booker T Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery.
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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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