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Military News - 01-31-11

Photo by Julie Wells

Photo by Julie Wells

Daniel W. Thompson

Air Force Airman Daniel W. Thompson 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.

Thompson is the son of Cassandra Thompson of Covington. He is a 2009 graduate of Newton High School.

Tianna S. Sims

Air Force Reserve Airman Tianna S. Sims 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.

Sims is the daughter of Felicia Williams of Stockton Drive, New Castle, Del., and Brian Sims of Conyers.

Kip A. Ramsey

Kip A. Ramsey has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' 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, basic rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation, and squad-level operations field training.

Ramsey is a student at Georgia Military College, Milledgeville. He is the son of Wade A. Ramsey of Conyers. He is a 2010 graduate of Heritage High School.

Eunice A. Jackson

Army Pvt. Eunice A. Jackson 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.

Jackson is the daughter of Jimmy and Karen Copeland of Covington. She is a 2010 graduate of Newton High School.

Andrew G. Benjamin

Andrew G. Benjamin graduated from the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Daleville, Ala., and was appointed to the rank of warrant officer one.

The student completed an intense six-week course conducted in a very demanding, rigorous, high-stressed, and deadline-required environment. The candidate received training in leadership skills, Army customs, doctrine, tradition, tactics, drill and ceremonies, professional ethics, physical fitness, time-stress-people management skills, decision making, delegation and personnel skills, and numerous other military academic subjects.

Students gain experience in leadership to attain higher responsibility while maintaining professionalism and quality work performance and standards required of career warrant officers. Additionally, candidates develop and hone skills relevant to an Army at war, skills required to effectively operate and survive on today's ever-changing battlefield operations against global terrorism.

Warrant officers continue to further their training through technical and tactical certification. As the officers gain progressive levels of expertise and leadership, they operate, maintain, administer and manage equipment, support activities or technical systems throughout their Army career. They are highly specialized technical and training experts in their career specialties whom provide valuable skills, guidance and expertise to commanders and organizations.

Warrant officers serve in the Regular Army, National Guard or Reserve to fulfill their military service obligation.

Benjamin, a field artillery targeting technician with 11 years of military service, is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky. He is the son of Edwin and Yvonne Benjamin of Prospect Place, Brooklyn, N.Y. His wife, Antoinee, is the daughter of Tony P. McDonald and Tamela Mondy-McDonald of Covington.

The warrant officer graduated in 1996 from Prospect Heights High School, Brooklyn, and received an associated degree in 2009 from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.