October 1st, 2011 by Susan Pierce in Life Entertainment

Lambert receives doctorate, now on duty in D.C.

Capt. Mary I. Lambert, daughter of Clifford and Ivy Dawson, received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University recenty. Lambert received a bachelor's degree in nursing from UTC in 1978 and a master's degree from Emory University.

She is on active duty with the U.S. Army assigned to the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.

She served assignments with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1997 through 2000 and from April 2004 through April 2010.

Her past assignments have included director of the Office of Military Liaison and Veterans Affairs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, and a one-year detail to the White House to establish the Medical Reserve Corps. She later served as director of that Corps in the Office of the Surgeon General.

Lambert has served with the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and as a field assignee in the Bureau of Primary Health with health-service programs for migrant and seasonal farm workers.

Lambert's Public Health Service awards include the Crisis Response Service Award, the Outstanding Service Medal, PHS Citation, Commendation Medals, PHS Chief Nurse Officer Awards, Crisis Response Service Awards, Foreign Duty Service Ribbon and 1999 Senior Officer of the Year.

Army awards include an Achievement Medal, Commendation medal, and Meritorious Service medal.

Schand earns promotion

Justin M. Schand, son of Mariann Higginbotham and Craig Schand, was recently promoted to Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

He is the grandson of Neil and Jean Benecke.

Schand is stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., in the JFK Special Warfare Center.

During his military career he qualified as an expert marksman, paratrooper. He also earned jump master, air assault, pathfinder, vehicle recovery and combat lifesaving qualifications. He has received six Army Achievement Medals and one Army Commendation Medal.

He served one year in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne.

McKee honored by squadron

Airman 1st Class Jeff McKee of Altus Air Force Base, Okla., currently stationed overseas, was selected by his squadron for Senior Airman Below the Zone.

McKee competed with his peers and was chosen for promotion to E-4 six months before the rest of the Airmen in his classification.

The son of Donna and Curt McKee is a 2009 graduate of Heritage High School.

Williams commended

Army Staff Sgt. Quincy L. Williams has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal. He is the son of Andre M. Williams.

Williams, a field artillery automated tactical data systems specialist, received the medal for meritorious service while serving as chief of fire direction computer, assigned to Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Basic Training graduates

  • Fort Sill: Army Spec. Olivia A. Brabham, daughter of Charles E. Arhart Jr. of Dalton, Ga., and Lisa Hamilton of Rocky Face, Ga., graduate of Covenant College; Army Spec. Deonaka T. Davis, daughter of Gwendolyn Davis-Reel and Wayne Reel, graduate of Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and Middle Tennessee State University.

  • Lackland Air Force Base: Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Wilkinson, son of David Wilkinson of Dalton, Ga.; Air Force Airman Jesse M. Anderson, son of Marcel Anderson, graduate of Tennessee Temple High School; Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Robert W. Groves, graduate of Hixson High School; Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Meredith Leser, graduate of Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.

-- Compiled by Susan Pierce