June 6 Armed Service News

June 6, 2014 

Navy Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Justin A. Betz

Navy Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Justin A. Betz, son of Alan S. and Nancy A. Betz, of Athens, Ala., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to his current rank.

Graduation and commissioning is the culmination of a rigorous four year program of intense academic, military and physical training designed to produce combat leaders of character for the Navy and Marine Corps. In the Naval Academy’s Class of 2014, 1,068 Midshipmen graduated of which 784 Sailors were commissioned as Navy Ensigns and 265 Marines were commissioned as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a four-year military service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the Naval service. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. In addition to a rigorous academic program, they also study subjects like leadership, ethics, small arms, military drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering, weapons and military law. Midshipmen also train at naval bases and on ships in the fleet every summer. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and will go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

Betz is a 2009 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School, Peculiar.

Marine 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin N. Hunter

Marine 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin N. Hunter, son of Richard W. and Julie A. Hunter, of Harrisonville, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to his current rank.

Graduation and commissioning is the culmination of a rigorous four year program of intense academic, military and physical training designed to produce combat leaders of character for the Navy and Marine Corps. In the Naval Academy’s Class of 2014, 1,068 Midshipmen graduated of which 784 Sailors were commissioned as Navy Ensigns and 265 Marines were commissioned as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants.

Hunter is a 2009 graduate of Harrisonville High School, Harrisonville.

Air Force Airman Brandon M. Smallwood

Air Force Airman Brandon M. Smallwood graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.

Smallwood is the son of Cynthia R. and Vance L. Smallwood, of Peculiar, and grandson of Kenneth and Avis Bernius, of Sunnyland, Ill.

He is a 2014 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School.

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