Derrick Hale recently enlisted into the Tennessee Army National Guard as a member of Troop G 2/278th ACR in the Crossville unit as a 19K (M1 Abrams armor crewmember.) Hale began drilling with the National Guard in October and will depart for training Jan. 2, 2008, for approximately 16 weeks at Fort Knox, KY, where there will be heavy emphasis on physical fitness, leadership and essential soldiering skills.

During the 16 weeks training, Hale will receive hands-on instruction to learn the skills of becoming a crewmember on an M-1 Abrams tank.

For the time spent in basic and advanced individual training, Hale will receive full-time pay and benefits, and then return home to continue his career in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Hale is also eligible to receive assistance for college from the Montgomery GI Bill, and 100 percent tuition assistance, and with the job choice he selected, qualified for a $20,000 enlistment bonus.

Local National Guard recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Lonnie Kilby assisted Hale in making his career choice and field.

Anyone looking for more information about the Tennessee Army National Guard can visit their Web site at www.1800goguard.com, www.virtualarmory.com, or call the 24-hour Career Center at 1-800-GO-GUARD (1-800-464-8273), or call SFC Lonnie Kilby at 265-7271.



John Roysden recently enlisted into the Tennessee Army National Guard as a member of Troop G 2/278th ACR in the Crossville unit as a 19K (M1 Abrams armor crewmember). Roysden began drilling with the National Guard in October and will depart for training Jan. 14, 2008, for approximately 16 weeks at Fort Knox, KY, where there will be heavy emphasis on physical fitness, leadership and essential soldiering skills.

During the 16 weeks of training, Roysden will receive hands-on instruction to learn the skills of becoming a crewmember on an M1 Abrams tank.

For the time spent in basic and advanced training, Roysden will receive full-time pay and benefits, and then return home to continue his career in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

SPC Chris Roysden, also a member of the local unit, referred John Roysden into the Tennessee Army National Guard, and being a member of the Guard Recruiting Assistant Program (GRAP), he is also eligible to receive $2,000 for his referral.

Roysden was also eligible to receive assistance for college from the Montgomery GI Bill, and 100 percent tuition assistance, and with the job choice he selected, qualified for a $20,000 enlistment bonus.

Local National Guard recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Lonnie Kilby assisted Roysden in making his career choice and field.

Anyone looking for more information about the Tennessee Army National Guard can visit their Web site at www.1800goguard.com, www.virtualarmory.com, or call the 24-hour Career Center at 1-800-GO-GUARD (1-800-464-8273), or call SFC Lonnie Kilby at 265-7271.

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