Army Pvt. Clinton D. Jacques has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
The field artillery specialist serves in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.
The course is designed to train students to establish, maintain, and operate radio and wire communications and speech security equipment, including encoding and decoding messages. They also must prepare and maintain daily staff journals, fire support situation maps, charts and other fire support and target processing procedures, records, and documents.
In addition, students assist in initiating requests for field artillery, mortar, naval gunfire, and aerial delivered munitions, and emplace, maintain, and assist in the operation of laser range finders, target designation, and night observation devices.
Jacques is the son of Cheryl A. and Christopher J. Jacques of Cleveland.
He is a 2009 graduate of Walker Valley High School, Cleveland.
Curtis B. Hudson
Army Col. Curtis B. Hudson has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal.
The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious acts or achievements, or distinguished service not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
Hudson is the deputy brigade commander assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.
He has served in the military for 22 years, and was recently promoted to the rank of colonel.
He is the son of Curtis B. Hudson Sr. of Dandridge, and Anna Hudson of Newport.
His wife, Elisabeth, is the daughter of Nancy Cate of Athens.
Hudson graduated in 1985 from Cocke County High School, Newport, and received a bachelor's degree in 1989 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Navy Seaman Dilan Harvey, son of Lisa M. Morrow of Benton, and Scot B. Harvey of Cleveland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Harvey 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.
Harvey is a 2010 graduate of Polk County High School of Benton.
Nicholas T. McDonald
Marine Corps Pfc. Nicholas T. McDonald, son of Kimberly G. McDonald of Cleveland, and Duane T. McDonald of Celina, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N. C.
During the five-week course, McDonald received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications.
McDonald also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.
Mitchael T. Wilkinson
Air Force Airman Mitchael T. Wilkinson 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.
Wilkinson is the son of Mark and Sandie Wilkinson of Georgetown.
He is a 2011 graduate of Walker Valley High School, Cleveland.