From the Armed Services

Article excerpt

- Jared D. Tomberlin, son of James L. and Deryl M. Tomberlin of Barrington, graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 33 days of training provides the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Tomberlin is currently attending the University of Colorado Springs, Colo.

- Ryan J. Traxinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Traxinger, Palatine, graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army National Guard.

During training, Traxinger received "basic soldiering" instruction in leadership, professional ethics, soldier team development, combined arms tactics, weapons defense, squad drill, intelligence, land navigation, field training exercises, maintenance, communications, staff and general military subjects, discipline, and physical training and conditioning.

Officer candidates are tested and evaluated in leadership skills and team work abilities required of a commissioned officer. Students utilize acquired skills to function in "leader and follower" positions in squad and platoon-sized elements in a stressful and demanding field environment involving various tactical situations. Traxinger graduated in 1994 from Palatine High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1998 from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Wisconsin.

- Air Force Cadet Aaron L. Kirchoff, son of Timothy and Joanne Kirchoff of Barrington, completed Basic Cadet Training and earned the rank of cadet fourth class at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kirchoff is one of more than 1,300 men and women who completed the rigorous six-week orientation program. The training prepares cadets to enter their first academic year at the academy.

The cadets completed the training in two phases. Phase one consisted of military and physical preparation which focused on the transition from civilian to military life. …