In the military

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 08:39 AM

Murray receives ROTC award

Army Cadet Stephen N. Murray received the George C. Marshall Award during an awards ceremony at the Marshall Center, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.  The award is named in the honor 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 Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) 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 roundtable 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.

The cadet is a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Murray is the son of Jeff Murray of East Geer Street, Durham, and Joan Culberson of East Wright Road, Snow Camp. He is also the grandson of Mae Murray of Junction Road, and nephew of Alicia Murray of Ferrell Road, both of Durham.

He graduated in 2009 from Northern High School, Durham.

Price completes MP training

PV 2 John M. Price graduated in February as a U. S. Army military policeman.

Price completed 10 weeks of combative unarmed self defense training and 11 weeks of advanced infantry training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

He also received training in the MK19 grenade launcher, M4 carbine and a 9mm Beretta. He received instruction in warfare principals and basic military police skills.

Price is the son of Lisa and Kevin Price of Durham and is a 2011 graduate of Riverside High School. He is stationed in Germany for the next two years with the 615th MP Company.  

In completing his training, he received four credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree.

Mann certified as warrant officer

Army National Guard Warrant Officer 1 Elvis L. Mann has graduated from the Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Ala.

The course is designed to certify warrant officers as technically and tactically competent to serve as warrant officers in designated career specialties. The officer must successfully complete the course prior to being appointed to the rank of warrant officer one.  The primary focus of the school is military occupational specialty specific, augmented with common-core subjects as designated by a Task Site Selection Board and monitored by the Warrant Officer Career Center.

The course prepares newly appointed officers for their first duty assignments and all subsequent assignments as warrant officers and chief warrant officers in the active Army, National Guard or Reserve.

Mann has served in the military for 12 years. He is the son of Mary Mann of Horseshoe Road, Creedmoor, and is a 2001 graduate of South Granville High School.

Seward completes basic training

Army Pvt. Andrew W. Seward 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.

Seward is the son of Amber and Jaimie Seward of East Cornwallis Road, Durham. He is a 2010 graduate of George Wythe High School, Richmond.