published Friday, November 8th, 2013

Good for you: McFarland to be inducted into military hall

McFarland to be inducted into military hall

Maxie L. McFarland has been accepted for induction into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame later this year.

McFarland is the son of Maxine Bass McFarland and the late Melton "Bobby" McFarland. He is a 1968 graduate of East Ridge High School and a 1973 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

McFarland served as deputy chief of staff, G-2 defense intelligence senior executive for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. In that position, he served as the Army's lead for analyzing and defining current threats and environments, leader development, capability design, training readiness and experimentation.

His teams supported the Army's Combat Training Centers, deployed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and Army educational institutions as well as capability development and integration centers. He was responsible for a staff of more than 900 employees, acted as program manager for the Training and Doctrine Command civilian intelligence career field personnel and oversaw a budget in excess of $250 million.

He has served in 20 positions since joining the Army in 1974. He received the 2006 Presidential Rank Award - Meritorious Executive, Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal and Parachutist Badge.


Jericho Brass salutes veterans

The Jericho Brass Band, directed by Frank Hale, will salute veterans with a patriotic concert on Veterans' Day at the Ringgold, Ga., train depot. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. Patriotic tunes such as "American Salute," "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" will be included in the program, along with military service songs.


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    Wilma Hydas is the new president of the Chattanooga chapter of American Gold Star Mothers.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Hydas to lead Gold Star mothers

Wilma Hydas, 82, has been elected president of the Chattanooga chapter of American Gold Star Mothers.

Gold Star Mothers are women who have lost a son or daughter in service to their country. Hydas has lost three of her four children, two of them sons and U.S. soldiers. The first, Jimmy, died at age 18 in Vietnam in 1967; the second, Jack, served 22 years in the Coast Guard. He died at age 58.

Hydas has been a Gold Star member since the local chapter organized in 1998.


Hampton receives veterans award

Cpl. Matthew Hampton, a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is the recipient of the 28th annual Palmer Veterans Appreciation Award in Palmer, Tenn. The award is annually presented each Veterans Day by town historian David Patton and is sponsored by Citizen's Tri-County Bank.

Hampton is a graduate of Grundy County High School. He completed boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and Marine Combat Training at Camp Devil Dog in North Carolina.

While serving in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, he was a helicopter crew chief and gunner as part of the Marines' 24th Expeditionary Force. He has been awarded the Naval Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Naval Unit Citation, National Defense Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He is the son of Randy and Rena Tate Hampton and is employed in the family business, Hampton Trucking of Jasper, Tenn.


Adams completes Warrior Forge

Army Cadet Samuel L. Adams has graduated from Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash.

Cadets in their junior and senior years of college must complete the 32 days of training. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.

Adams, son of Frederick and Rose Adams, is a graduate of McCallie School and a student at Clemson University.


Lewis graduates ROTC course

Army Cadet Alex X. Lewis has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to becoming an Army officer. College students experience the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college. Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills.

Lewis is the son of Greg and Karen Ray of Ringgold, Ga. He is a graduate of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and attends Marion Military Institute.


Basic training graduates

• Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.: Army National Guard Spec. Zachery Hyatte, son of Roy Pankey of Dayton and Betty Mays, graduate of Rhea County High School and Carson-Newman College; Army Pfc. Daniel F. Reed, son of Kimberly Laymon, graduate of East Ridge High School and ITT Technical Institute; Army Pfc. Merrill Russell Jr., son of Merrill and Andrew Russell of Ringgold, Ga., graduate of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and Chattanooga State Community College.

Also, Army National Guard Pfc. Devida N. Bone, daughter of David Bone and Yolanda Bone, graduate of Central High School; Army Reserve Pfc. Dedrick L. Thomas, son of Venita Thomas, graduate of Red Bank High School; Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua D. Jadoobirsingh, son of Lisa Jadoobirsingh of Cleveland, Tenn., graduate of Cleveland High School; Army National Guard Pvt. Lebron Verrett, son of Brian Verrett Sr., graduate of Ooltewah High School.

• Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio,Texas: Air Force Airman Tyler S. Nethaway, son of Rhonda Nelson of Trenton, Ga., graduate of Dade County High School; Air Force Airman Michael A. West, son of Julie Davis of Birchwood, graduate of Central High School; Air Force Airman Fernando Morales, graduate of Dalton High School; Air Force Airman David E. Pickett, son of Lisa Pickett, graduate of Hixson High School; Air Force Airman L. Morris, son of Douglas Morris, graduate of Hixson High School.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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