Army Maj. Patrick B. Almond recently graduated from the Command and General Staff Officers Course at the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kan.
The college is the Army's senior tactical school.
The 10-month course educates and trains intermediate level Army officers, officers from other U.S. armed services, international officers, and civilian leaders from other federal agencies to operate in full spectrum Army, joint, interagency, and multinational environments as field grade commanders and staff officers.
Graduates are prepared to assume war fighting duties immediately upon graduation. They possess the competencies, supporting skills and knowledge that enable them to perform duties effectively and help teams achieve organizational objectives. Command and General Staff Officers Course graduates are attuned to the complexity of the operating environment and consider the impact of culture on military operations; take an ethical, disciplined approach to meeting organizational and strategic-level leadership challenges; are critical and creative thinkers who can adapt and thrive in ambiguous and ever-changing environments. They are self-aware and motivated to continue learning and improving throughout their careers; and recognize that history is the foundation for understanding the profession of arms.
Almond is a logistic officer and has served in the military for 24 years.
He is the son of Geneva Almond of Newnan. His wife, Stephanie, is the daughter of Nan McPhatter of Portal.
Almond received a bachelor of science in 1997 from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro. He also earned a master of science in 2013 from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
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Army Pfc. Jacob Atkinson recently 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.
Atkinson is the grandson of Inez Cook of Manchester Drive, Newnan.
He is a 2010 graduate of East Coweta High School, Sharpsburg.
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Army Cadet Kaylin M. Johnson recently 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.
Johnson is a student at University of North Georgia, Dahlonega.
She is the daughter of Scott and Julie Johnson of Nixon Road, Senoia.
Johnson graduated in 2010 from Trinity Christian School, Sharpsburg.