U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force Airman Colin F. Patterson and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Grogg recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airmen 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.
Patterson, a 2015 graduate of Pickens High School, is the son of Heather B. Patterson of Pickens and Mark F. Patterson of Williamston.
Grogg earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Clemson University.
John Dunn, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Clemson University, received the George C. Marshall Award during an awards ceremony at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
He is a 2012 graduate of Wren High School in Piedmont.
The award is named in the honor and legacy of General of the Army George C. Marshall, who served in World War II as the Army Chief of Staff and in the post-war era served as secretary of state and secretary of defense.
The award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities or colleges.
Top cadets from each cadet battalion represent the very best of a highly selective organization. This is a national award and the highest award an ROTC cadet can receive.
The cadets participate in focus groups and round table discussions and lectures on the theme of the national security of the U.S. and the Army’s security role in the international arena. Cadets receive formal speeches from the highest echelons of the U.S. Army’s leadership ranks, scholars and experts in the area of national defense.
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