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Second Chances

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National Guard Patriot Academy High School 4230 East Administration Drive * Butlerville, Indiana 47223 www.NGPatriotAcademy.com

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Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Clyde A. Vaughn · Visionary of the Patriot Academy · Former Director, Army National Guard · Named Honorary Commandant · Guest Speaker at Inaugural Class Graduation

"The National Guard Patriot Academy is an investment in our most precious resource." -LTG (Ret.) Clyde A. Vaughn Patriot Academy Dedication Ceremony, 26 August 2009

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Commandant's Corner Dear Graduates, First of all, I would like to congratulate the National Guard Patriot Academy high school Class 10-01 for completing your high school degree and graduating from one of the most rigorous programs in the United States Army. You not only desired to better yourselves, increase your opportunities and help others. You did it! The cadre guided you through the program, but you are responsible for your success. Class 10-01 exudes confidence,pride and professionalism. These are individual qualities as well which will serve to open many doors for you in the future. When I first came to the Patriot Academy as Commandant, I didn't fully comprehend how the program would affect the lives of young Soldiers looking for a second chance at their high school diploma. I quickly learned that the impact was far reaching, touching the lives of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and mentors. Even more, I understood how the betterment of these Soldiers would enhance their communities and states where they live. As you venture on to your advanced individual training, it is my hope that you will continue to push yourselves for greater things, and challenge your minds and bodies to stay in the best condition. Greater challenges are ahead and we must all be prepared to meet them. Please stay in touch with us and let us know if we can assist you in thefuture. Again, congratulations and I wish you success in your future endeavors. We are extremely proud of you!

-COL Perry W. Sarver, Jr.

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Command Sergeant Major's Corner Congratulations to the class of 10-01!! You came to the Academy wanting to correct a previous decision to drop out of school. That in itself took sacrifice and determination to leave your family and friends behind and endure the 11 weeks of basic combat training. When you first arrived, I had asked each of you to write what brought you here and what you wanted out of this program. Many of you did not know other than a high school diploma and even then, didn’t really know what impact receiving it would have. Most of you did not see college as an alternative, felt you had difficulty in learning, or was not capable yet of making adult decisions. What I witnessed was 47 young soldiers who were uncertain of themselves or the direction they wanted to take in life.

Part of your graduation requirements included military training, enhancing the warrior skills and battle drills you learned in basic combat training. You were exposed to many avenues of training to include classroom, lanes training, electronic training systems and field trips as well as the opportunity to train at one of the largest Urban Training Centers in the military. You were challenged daily to increase your personal physical fitness and you were tested on that progress monthly. Yet you pressed on. You were required to complete eight hours of community service in a variety of areas. Many of you felt you were not qualified to participate as you were too junior in experience or did not feel that it was worth your time. Yet you pressed on. Each of you was given your own schedule to finish the credit requirements needed to obtain your high school diploma. This program required you to work on your own without facilitation, a skill that many adults senior to you do not possess. All of you were challenged to take a dual credit course which required you to perform at college level even though many of you did not feel you could complete. Yet you pressed on. Over the last nine months, you have been pushed to excel in your military skills, give your time to others with greater needs in the community, and study to obtain your degree. These traits are invaluable and will place you ahead of others in your search for employment and success. I no longer see uncertainty in any of you. You are among the most professional soldiers I have seen in my career and am honored to have had you as part of our pilot year. I ask that as you go on to your individual advanced training and beyond, you remember that no matter how difficult the training, how impossible the task, or unbearable the situation you find yourself in, you will succeed if you continue to PRESS ON! -CSM Judy Macy 4

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Command Section

National Guard Patriot Academy Battalion Staff

Chaplain (MAJ) Robert P. Lewis Patriot Academy Chaplain

1LT Raynee Teetor, R.N. Patriot Academy Nurse

2LT David Kaelin S1/Personnel Officer

SFC Connie Alvarez S1/Personnel Specialist

SGT William Martin Admissions NCO

MAJ John Rivers S3/Operations Officer

CPT Cint Osborne Assistant S3

CPT Brian S. Smith Assistant S3

SPC Robbie Anderson Administrative Assistant

Operations Section

Administrative Section

MAJ Charles Nesloney Deputy Commandant

2LT Robert Armaly Assistant S3

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Logistics Section

National Guard Patriot Academy Battalion Staff

SSG David Jenkins, Supply Sergeant

SSG Lucious Kennedy, Facilities NCO

Finance Section

Automations Section

CPT Jason Priddy, S4/Logistics Officer

SGT Michael Price, Automations NCO

2LT Dale Clarke, S8/Finance Officer

Academics Section

1LT Kyle Key, S6/Public Affairs Officer

Mrs. Becky Morrow, School Counselor

1LT Michael Brandt, Tutor

2LT Jonathon Ferber, Tutor

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ALPHA COMPANY "Train them well, because one day they may fight beside you." -1SG James Duncan "In dealings with people in life, be truthful. In leading, be firm, fair and proficient." -CPT Steven Conway CPT Steven Conway Alpha Co. Commander

1SG James Duncan Alpha Co. First Sergeant 7

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1st Platoon Pv2 Michael Disher

Pv2 Robert Hunt

Hometown: Sumter State: South Carolina M.O.S: 92 Fox

Hometown: Bullard State: Texas M.O.S: 88 Mike

Joined for the opportunity to go further in life.

Joined for another opportunity at his goals in life.

"During my past time I listened to music and kept in touch with my friends."

"I talked to friends and family during my pastime." "The most beneficial training we had was the field training exercises."

"The christmas event was the best thing that happened here."

Pfc Cory Maples

Pfc Michael Meadows

Hometown: Plant City State: Florida M.O.S: 13 Papa

Hometown: Anderson State: Indiana M.O.S: 13 Fox

Joined to get a high school diploma and to better himself.

Joined to get his high school diploma.

"My favorite event was playing on the basketball team."

"I was happy to be the first soldier to break three hundred at the Patriot Academy."

"My favorite pastime was talking to my family and friends."

"During my pastime I talked to family and friends."

Pv2 Scott Mix

Pv2 Joseph Morhead

Hometown: Fort Wayne State: Indiana M.O.S: 11 Bravo

Hometown: Mapleten State: Iowa M.O.S: 88 Mike

Joined to get a high school diploma.

Joined to get a high school diploma.

"My favorite pastime was sitting in my room"

"My favorite event was training with paintballs."

"My favorite training was the field training exercise."

"My favorite pastime was talking to my friends and family."

Pv2 Stephen Pruitt

Pv2 Ismael Ramirez

Hometown: State: M.O.S: 92 Yankee

Hometown: Roanoke State: Texas M.O.S: 62 Bravo

Joined to get a high school diploma.

Joined to get a high school diploma.

"My favorite event was the field training exercise."

"My favorite event was the trick or trunk."

"I talked to my girlfriend during my pastime."

"I watched alot of movies during my pastime."

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1st Platoon Pv2 Anthony Rhodes

Pv2 Nicholas Schmidt

Hometown: Council Bluffs State: Iowa M.O.S: 94 Echo

Hometown: Salem State: Oregon M.O.S: 21 Mike

Joined for a chance to further his education.

Joined to earn a high school diploma and get a better chance at attending college.

"My favorite event was clearing rooms with our paintball guns."

"The combat water survival training was my favorite event."

"I spent alot of time playing games and watching movies."

"I spend alot of my time on a computer or watching movies."

Pv2 Zachary Stiles

Pv2 Eric Thivierge

Hometown: Toledo State: Ohio M.O.S: 91 Bravo

Hometown: Gilbert State: South Carolina M.O.S: 62 Bravo

Joined to better his life.

Joined to make a better life for his family.

"I spend alot of my time playing the x box." "My favorite event that took place was "trick or trunk" that took place on sweet street."

Pfc Timothy Valley

"The best training we recieved was room clearing." "I kept in touch with my family during past time."

Pv2 Brian Wilson

Hometown: Jacksonville State: Florida M.O.S: 92 Yankee

Hometown: Bentonville State: Arkansas M.O.S: 15 Papa

Joined for a high school diploma.

Joined to get a high school diploma.

"My favorite event was the field training exercise."

"My favoritve training was the water survival course."

"My favorite pastime was talking to friends and family."

"My favorite pastime was playing computer games."

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Ssg. Wesley Colinger

Sgt. Eric Dotson

State: Kentucky

State: Indiana

Sfc. Christopher Latham State: Georgia

Sgt. Jason Eason

Spc. Edward Russell

State: Indiana

State: Indiana

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2nd Platoon Pv2 Wesley Beck

Pfc Wesley Berry

Hometown: FortWayne State: Indiana M.O.S: 21 Bravo

Hometown: Wesson State: Mississippi M.O.S: 21 Echo

Joined to better himself and stand out.

Joined to get a high school diploma.

"My favorite event was water survival training."

"My favorite event was the trafic controll points."

"My favorite pastime was getting to know the other students."

"The best training recieved was the leadership skills provided."

Pv2 Joshua Blackburn

Pv2 Thomas Carver

Hometown: FortWayne State: Indiana M.O.S: 88 Mike

Hometown: Kaleva State: Michigan M.O.S: 42 Alpha

Joined for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Joined to take part in a new opportunity.

"My favorite event was playing basketball." "During my pastime I played world of warcraft."

"My favorite events were clearing rooms and setting up traffic controll points." "The most beneficial training was the land navigation."

Pv2 Corey Colvin

Pfc Brandon Deal

Hometown: Montgomery State: Alabama M.O.S: 88 Mike

Hometown: Phoenix State:Arizona M.O.S: 68 Whiskey

Joined to get a diploma.

Joined to finish high school.

"My favorite pastime was playing the x box."

"My favorite training event was room clearing."

"The most beneficial training was the field training and tactical formations."

"My favorite pastime was playing world of warcraft."

Pv2 Tariq Drogomer

Pv2 David Eaton

Hometown: Cleveland State: Ohio M.O.S: 88 Mike

Hometown: Indianapolis State: Indiana M.O.S: 63 Bravo

Joined for a good job.

Joined for a brighter future.

"My favorite event was the physical training."

"My favorite event was going to the Purdue football game."

"My favorite pastime was getting smoked."

"My favorite pastime was playing the x box."

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2nd Platoon Pv2 William Glover

Pv2 Justin France Hometown: Houston State: Texas M.O.S: 92 Whiskey

Hometown: Sherwood State: Arkansas M.O.S: 91 Bravo

Joined to get a high school diploma.

Joined to show his friends and family he could do it.

"My favorite event was sliding in the mud after physical training."

"My favorite event was the obstacle course."

"My favorite pastime was going to the college football games."

"My favorite pastime would be having shaving cream fights in the barracks."

Pfc Ryan Greiger

Pv2 Mario Guillen

Hometown: Delta State: Colorado M.O.S: 13 Fox

Hometown: Dallas State: Texas M.O.S: 88 Mike

Joined for a high school diploma.

Joined for a high school diploma and military training.

"My favorite event was the field training exercise."

"My favorite event was clearing buildings."

"My favorite pastime was sleeping." "My favorite pastime is playing the x box."

Pv2 Greg Harris

Pv2 Craig Michaels

Hometown: Granbury State: Texas M.O.S: 21 Echo

Hometown: Piolet Rock State: Oregon M.O.S: 35 Fox

Joined to better himself for the future.

Joined for a chance at a life I could be proud of.

"My favorite event was swimming." "My favorite event was the water survival training."

"My favorite pastime was playing modern warfare 2."

"My favorite pastime was working out."

Spc Devon Pollard Hometown: Indianapolice State: Indiana M.O.S: 11 Bravo Joined to get a high school diploma. "I talked to my family during my pastime." "The Patriot Academy will help me by allowing me to take what i have learned and show it to the rest of the people in my unit."

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Ssg.Carroll Nance

Sgt.Brandon Tompson

State: Arkansas

State: Indiana

"You have never made a mistake in your lifetime. Every decision you made was the right one, because it lead you to this point. You are all successes and can only grow from here." Ssg. Jay Brown State: Indiana

Sgt. John Halsey

Spc.Zachary Stillions

State: Indiana

State: Indiana "You will always only get out of the miiltary what you put in, nothing more nothing less."

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3rd Platoon Pv2 Jacob Anderson

Pv2 Ricardo Aristizabal

Hometown: Atlanta State: Indiana M.O.S: 11 Bravo

Hometown: Charlotte State: North Carolina M.O.S: 13 Fox

Joined to make his mother proud.

Joined for the training and to future his military career.

"I played the x box to pass by the time."

"I enjoyed the christmas vacation most."

"I believe the field training exercise was the most benificial training."

"I believe learning to clear rooms, was the best training provided."

Pv2 Ethan Calahan

Pv2 Michael Combs

Hometown:Coalmont State: Indiana M.O.S: 11 Bravo

Hometown: Wabash State: Indiana M.O.S: 11 Bravo

Joined because of the opportunites that followed.

Joined for a chance at a better life.

"I slept to pass by the time."

"My favorite event was learning water survival."

"I believe the field training exercise was the most benificial training."

"I spoke with family to pass by the time."

Pv2 Dustin Hammons

Pv2 Nick Heady

Hometown: Lebanon State: Indiana M.O.S: 88 Mike

Hometown: Linton State: Indiana M.O.S: 63 Bravo

Joined to support his family.

Joined to get a high school diploma.

"My favorite event was room clearing."

"My favorite event was going home for christmas."

"The most beneficial training was react to contact."

"The most beneficial training was clearing rooms."

Pv2 Joshua Hensley

Pv2 Evan Howat

Hometown: Wabash State: Indiana M.O.S: 11 Bravo

Hometown: Francesville State: Indiana M.O.S: 21 Echo

Joined to lock in a better future.

Joined to get a high school diploma.

"My favorite event was the field training exercise."

"My favorite event was learning water survival."

"The most benificial training was learning the promotion system."

"I slept to pass by the time"

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3rd Platoon Pfc Kevin Jackson

Pfc Michael Migliano

Hometown: Laketon State: Indiana M.O.S: 11 Bravo

Hometown: Cloverdale State: Indiana M.O.S: 25 Charlie

Joined to better himself.

Joined to prove everyone wrong.

"My favorite event was attending the colts game."

"My favorite event was the field training exercise."

"I talked to my family to pass by the time."

"The dicipline was the most beneficial achievement made at the Patriot Academy."

Pv2 Christopher Minard

Pv2 Derrick Morris

Hometown: Rogers State: Arkansas M.O.S: 13 Papa

Hometown: Detroit State: Michigan M.O.S: 92 Yankee

Joined to better himself.

Joined for higher learning.

"My favorite event was the Helicopter ride."

"I played modern warfare 2 to pass by the time."

"I listened to music to pass by the time."

"The most beneficial training was the field training exercise."

Pvt Paul Palmer

Pv2 Michael Vance

Hometown: Williston State: North Dakota M.O.S: 63 Juliet

Hometown: Greencastle State: Indiana M.O.S: 15 Papa

Joined to have a future.

Joined to get a high school diploma

"I enjoyed doin lots of comunity service and can not wait to go back out."

"My favorite event was all the Physical Training." "I played video games to pass by the time."

"My favorite training event was room clearing."

Pv2 James Walthaw Hometown: Benton State: Arkansas M.O.S: 11 Bravo Joined to get a high school diploma. "I slept to pass by the time." "The most beneficial training I recieved was the land navigation."

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Sfc.William Long State: Kentucky

Ssg. Timothy Nungester State: Indiana

Sgt. Trevor Nowlin

Spc. Tyson Shields

Sfc. Adam Housewright State: Washington

State: Indiana

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State: Indiana

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Academic Success

Study Research

Solve 20

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Think

Collaborate Investigate 21

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ACADEMICS

COMBATING THE DROPOUT EPIDEMIC Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett Visits the Patriot Academy "YOU HAD TO WANT TO TAKE A SECOND CHANCE," Bennett told the students. "YOU SHOULD BE PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE PATRIOT ACADEMY."

Col. Perry W. Sarver, Jr. waits for Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger and Dr. Tony Bennett at the Patriot Academy Landing Zone.

Bennett arrived by helicopter with Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of the Indiana Army National Guard and was given a tour of the students' dorms, classrooms, library and a briefing by the school's commandant about how the National Guard is helping states to reduce thir dropout rates. According to Alliance for Excellent Education, 1.2 million high school students nationwide will fail to graduate each year. In the state of Indiana, one out of every 10 high school students will drop out. At the Patriot Academy, there are 18 students from Indiana who are scheduled to graduate with their high school diploma in March 2010.

"The National Guard has partnered with state educational programs around the country through our Partners In Education Program to encourage students to stay in school where they are best served," said Col. Sarver. "But when they drop out and can't go back, that's where the Patriot Academy can help make a difference.

COL. SARVER (LEFT), MAJ. GEN. R. Martin UMBARGER (MIDDLE), TALKING WITH DR. BENNETT (RIGHT)

PFC JACKSON (LEFT), PV2 COMBS (MIDDLE), PV2 BLACKBURN (RIGHT), BEING INTERVIEWED BY DR. BENNETT

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MAJ. GEN. R. martin UMBARGER (LEFT), DR. BENNETT (MIDDLE), AND COL. SARVER (RIGHT), STANDING UNDER THE FLAG IN FRONT OF THE P.a.

COL. SARVER (RIGHT), WITH MAJ. GEN. R. UMBARGER (MIDDLE), IN ONE OF THE CLASSROOMS WITH STUDENTs.

Dr. Tony Bennett learns about the Patriot academy.

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Pv2 Colvin (right) Sitting down to skim through a book found in the library.

Pv2 Vance, Pv2 Aristizabal and fellow soldiers applaud a guest speaker following a presentation. (right)

Pv2 Harris, Colvin, Glover, and Spc Pollard spending time in the library. (lower)

It Takes a Lot of Class

PV2 Blackburn (left), PFC Greiger (middle), and PV2 Guillen, reading in the library

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SSG Nance giving a class to the soldiers of Alpha Company

PFC Jackson listening to a discussion in room 149

Soldiers taking the ISTEP test

and Even More Determination!

Soldiers during the ISTEP testing

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Military Training Students expanded on what they learned in basic training and became more proficient soldiers and solid leaders for their home units.

First Aid

Tactics

Drill & Ceremony 26

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Physical

Training

Operations Discipline

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Muddy Days Green Day Training: React to Contact

Geared up and ready to go are PV2 Mix (left), PFC Thivierge (middle) and PV2 Maples

"If it ain't raining, we ain't training" Many times the green day activities take the soldiers outiside where they learn valuable military fighting skills. Along with those skills they learn how to cope with all sorts of weather. Everything from high heat, to snow, to rain and mud. As soldiers, they train no matter what the conditions are outside.

PV2 Maples (above), walking by a rubble house on a tactical road march.

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PV2 Howat covered in mud after running a few drills.

PV2 Maples learning when to goof off, and when not to.

Soldiers relaxing during a break, waiting for the next command.

2nd Platoon's Bravo Squad set up to practice as the support by fire team during an assault drill.

PV2 Vance (right) followed by PFC Migliano coming in after a tactical road march. 29

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Interview with:

CPR Training

PV2 Maples Q: Was the CPR training useful to you? A: "I found the training very useful. I felt like I could apply it easily in a real life situation."

1: PV2 Maples performing the heimlich maneuver on PFC Valley 2: Mike Cole explaining the proper procedure to perform a heimlich manuever

3: PV2 Hunt practicing CPR breathing 4: PV2 Schmidt being propositioned by one of the Dummies

5: 2nd Platoon during CPR Training 6: 1st Platoon going over heimlich manuever for babies

7: PV2 Glover (left), and PV2 Beck during their CPR class 8: 2nd Platoon going over the AED (Automated External Defibrillator)

The Dummy

The instructional video on how to perform CPR 30

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Looks more like a hug...

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Students arrived at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center on 16 October 2009 to conduct two days of field training exercises. Upon arrival, the student company road marched to the training area, set up security and received their first mission to conduct reconnaissance.

Real Paint...Real Blood Pvt. Meadows gets bloody knuckles from paintball contact.

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Armed with paintball guns, the studentSoldiers participated in realistic traffic operations, clearing, patrolling and close quarters combat training. Students set up their base operations and sleeping quarters in a shoot house at the range.

Chaplain (Maj) Lewis ministers to Soldiers in the field.

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Combat Water Survival Training In training or in combat... there is the possibility of having to negotiate a body of water. Utilizing "Murphy's Laws of Warfare" one can almost garuntee it will be at the worst time and under the poorest conditions. CWST offer the Soldier a chance to understand the dynamics of overcoming a water obstacle in full uniform with first line equipment and assigned weapon. First and foremost:To panic is to perish!

PFC France surely would have perished had it not been for the Safety Maiden and her trusty, lifesaving, giant brattwurst!

Few things are known to boost a man's sense of smug, self-reliance as a rewarding day of swimming about fully clothed!

PFC Drogomer diligently practices his stroke. In mere moments he will actually push away from the side and venture out to open water...

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PFC Deal models the latest in soggy, government issue fashion.

SGT Dotson: "Here Grieger, let me help you out...PSYCHE!!!"

This year's CWST consisted of the 30 meter swim with weapon, entering the water blindfolded, with first line gear and weapon from the 5 meter diving board and entering the water and successfully shedding all equipment. The Soldiers were then taught water survival methods which culminated in a 30 minute unassisted float. All of this while wearing the ACU unifrom and combat boots.

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We all agree: PFC Meadows has had far too much coffee!.

The Student Soldiers are tasked with planning and executing their own missions. Early in the year the Students are pushed to achieve self reliance and foster leadership from witin their own ranks. The Patriot Academy is a leadership development environment where the students soon realize that success can only be acheived by the collective, not the individual.

The military education, referred to as "Green Day" follows the Army's time honored "Crawl-Walk-Run" training model.

PA students typically spend up to a full day in a classroom environment, being taught the technical aspects of a military skill, e.g. tactically entering and clearing a hard structure, to be followed by a day of "hands on" in a field environment. The first portion of the field training is always a supervised , moderately paced walk-through of the task at hand followed later by a full-blown, full speed, "show me what you got" itteration.

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The Soldiers at Patriot Academy are exposed to tactics, equipment and a level of "No BS" training that would take their non-PA peers years to amass.

As on this day of focused Urban Warfare training, the Cadre is there to deliver the Warning Order, assist with the Operations Order as well as any Fragmentary Orders.

Cadre are responsible for everything from training curriculum, to administering courseware, assisting in mission planning and even providing the opposing forces.

"There are far more productive lessons to be learned from our mistakes than most of our successes." -Unknown

Soldiers study the fine art of the After Action Review or the AAR. An invaluable tool for honing one's skills, the Student learns the formula: "What went well, What went poorly and What can we do better next time!"

Our students have the benefit of learning from a Cadre of young, highly motivated hard-chargers. The Cadre brings a broad range of deployment experience to each and every "Geen Day" POI.

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Land The inaugural class of the Patriot Academy spent a great deal of time learning both the academic and physical aspects of individual land navigation. Let's face it... someone has to guide the Second Lieutenants through the woods!

(above) Pv2 Calahan is showing off the skills shown to him on map reading.

(right) Pv2 Schmidt focuses on just how far he is going to be traveling.

(right) Pv2 Morhead reads and analyzes his questions carefully.

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Navigation

(left) Pv2 Blackburn studies the questions and thinks about the best way to answer.

(below) Pv2 Glover is making his coordinate points very carefully.

(above) Pv2 Combs tries to find the distance between two points on a map.

Pv2 Beck is drawing the points given to him.

Pfc Valley is using his protractor, maybe it wont be as far as he thought.

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Army Physical Fitness Tests: Once a Month

"You want me to run how far, Sarge?"

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Push-ups, Sit-ups and Two-mile Run

Skully McGregor lights the way.

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Train as We Fight!

PFC Wesley Langston Berry

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Fight as We Train!

PFC Wesley Beck

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US Weapons Familiarization Patriot Academy Soldiers spent the week learning the capabilities of some of the US Military's most widely used small arms.

Break it down! PV2 Maples, had the fastest time in the whole company at disassembling and reassembling a 240B with a functions check, at an astonishing 51 seconds.

Seriously now... who doesn't love spending quality time with the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon?

SSG William Long

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What is this thing? I wonder how hard i can throw it.

SSG Wesley Colinger How fast can you assemble your weapon?

What happens when I pull on this lever?

Now just how does this work?

PV2 Blackburn works with young Lieutenant Key to isolate the "business end" of the weapon.

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Community Service Serving others at the Senior Center, Food Pantry and volunteering in the community taught the students about selfless service. Students contributed at least 8 hours of community service as part of the Patriot Academy Program.

Helping

"Veterans always have the best stories."

Caring

Pv2 Carver

"It is always a joy to learn something from fellow members of society." Pfc Berry

Giving

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Inspiring

"I had fun doing various things in the community." Pv2 Mix

Listening

"You can learn things you never thought of, if you ask the right questions." Pv2 Michaels

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To be a kid again... Students read and play with preschoolers

Being a professional Soldier does not consist solely of mastering destructive skills. A true Soldier cultivates compassion and a sense of responsibility for those around him.

Its been a long time since he played with play-doh, i wonder just how many things he is going to make.

As the keepers of our nation we are expected to live up to the standards set by those Citizen-Soldiers who have come before us. Our development in Patriot Academy teaches us to be well rounded, multi faceted warriors who both defend an nourish our citizens and our communities.

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O.V.O Head Start Ohio Valley Opportunities

North Vernon, Indiana

Do they really make chairs that small?

They learn how to read, he is just learning how to present his newest model of the city.

There was a tense moment however, when we discovered that Maples and Rhodes were using the Play-Doh to teach the children about using C-4 to fashion shape charges. Yeah, good one, guys!

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TRICK-OR-TRUNKING with Patriot Academy Student-Soldiers

In training to be the new Megatron........

Yup, he has that down good.

Pfc Ryan Greiger That person looks like he has more candy to pass out, I dont think he wants to go near him.

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Making an Impression Students Give New Life to Historic Vernon Playground

Many of the Soldiers volunteered to help restore the playground to an improved state. The student-Soldiers worked hard for several hours, digging up weeds, building a new border, placing gravel and much more. Vernon Playground is the oldest established playground in the state of Indiana.

"There is no substitute for hard work." Staff Sgt. Wesley Colinger Someone has to make sure the Privates are not just playing around.

Pv2 Pruitt "Community service is fun."

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Giving Feels Good

Santa's Gifts Gather Around Children

The studentSoldiers adopted needy children in the community for an evening of delicious food, toys and gifts for their families.

Night Before X-mas

A Christmas she will never forget.

SMIILE!

Making Christmas a Reality for Needy Families

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Nothing was more gratifying this Christmas than seeing the smiling faces of all the children!

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Sending Greetings to the 554th MP Co in Afghanistan

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Soldiers Loved Community Service!!!!!

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Student Life

"What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?" -Robert H. Schuller 58

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While at the Patriot Academy, the studentSoldiers were provided opportunities to travel to local colleges, sports events, races and the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. The Soldiers and Unit Public Affairs Representatives took a lot of great pictures to share with friends, familes and loved ones.

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Promotion ceremony in gymnasium.

Class

Campus Library

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Battalion Staff Offices

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Patriot Academy Academic Building

1st Platoon Building

2nd Platoon Building

3rd Platoon Building

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PA Soldiers learn the inherent dangers of substance abuse. Many a Soldier has met their downfall after exposure to the dreaded "Beer Goggles"!

Get your Beer Goggles On!

We learned a lot about the effects of recreational toxins on our perception. Here we see proof that only two servings of alcohol will cause PV2 Aristozabal to appear freakishly huge.

PV2 Morris studies diligently to master the sobriety checkpoint! It's obvious he enjoys the training as evidenced by the steamy lenses.

COME ON, MORRIS! JUST USE A KLEENEX!

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SSG Colinger

SSG Colinger reminds 1st Platoon of the importance of being on time. It wasn't pretty!

Cinder Block Physical Training

Heavy Lifting

Soldiers learn to counter-balance each others weight in order to stay up.

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National Guard Patriot Academy Dedication Ceremony * August 26, 2009

U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, and Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman unveil the dedication plaque in honor of LTG (Ret.) Clyde A Vaughn, 26 August 2009. Also pictured above are Col. Perry W. Sarver, Jr. (far left), CSM Victor Angry (middle back), PFC Timothy Valley (behind plaque), MG R. Martin Umbarger and LTG Clyde A. Vaughn (far right).

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Students and cadre sit at attention during LTG Vaughn's keynote address at the Patriot Academy Dedication Ceremony.

The best way to start off a school year is with the love and support of your family.

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A Great Honor!!!

Flag Detail Every morning and night the flag must be raised and lowered, who else better to do it, than trained soldiers.

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Don't Open Til' Graduation!

PFC Ismael Ramirez

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Oh, Tannenbaum!

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Perfect North Ski Slopes

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Patriot Academy Color Guard

SSG Carroll Nance

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These pictures display the dicipline obtained from such hard work.

Patriot Academy's Color Guard team practiced long hours to learn the routines. After such dedication, it is clearly noticable how much discipline was obtained.

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North Vernon Veterans Day Ceremony

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!! 1SG James Duncan

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Team Captain Pvt. Joshua Blackburn

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Basketball Team

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MG Kelly K. McKeague, Chief of Staff, NGB shakes hands with PFC James Walthall.

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(L-R) PFC Timothy Valley, MG R. Martin Umbarger, CPT Clint Osborne, PFC Joshua Blackburn and LTG (Ret.) Roger C. Schultz

LTG Thomas R. Turner, Commanding General, US Army North, speaks with Pvt. Christopher Minard

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Motivational Speaker Al Duncan and COL Perry W. Sarver, Jr.

Bobbie Plump of Hoosiers Fame

North Vernon Mayor Harold "Soup" Campbell

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Makings of Greatness

MG R. Martin Umbarger shows U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) renovations underway to the Patriot Academy gymnasium.

All great things take a little hard work.

An extraordinary amount of vision, planning, preparation and hard work came together to make the Patriot Academy a reality.

From

Hard Work! General Charles C. Campbell, Commander of the United States Army Forces Command witnesses progress being made to the Patriot Academy Campus.

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Formation of details took place, to describe the rules and regulations.

Baggage claim.

Pfc. Meadows making his bead for the first time, at the Patriot Academy.

To Cadre ready to "greet" the new arrivals.

Bags Searched!

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Pv2 Schmidt 1st Platoon

Unit Public Affairs Reps.

Pv2 Rhodes 1st Platoon

These multimedia saavy Soldiers were responsible for capturing meaningful moments on camera and writing for the quarterly newsletter and yearbook.

Pfc Grieger 2nd Platoon

The Patriot Academy Unit Public Affairs Reps. (UPARS) assisted the Public Affairs Officer in documenting and promoting the organization.

Pfc Deal 2nd Platoon

Multi-Media Mogul

Public Affairs Officer 1LT Kyle Key taught basic elements of newswriting, photography and guided the UPARS through practical exercises.

Pv2 Anderson 3rd Platoon

Pv2 Combs 3rd Platoon

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Pfc Deal

PICTURE PERFECT Learning how to take proper photographs is a great way to document and receive notoriety for your home unit.

At the end of course, UPAR students earn 40 hours of credit towards promotion points. 1LT Kyle Key

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2010 Patriot Academy Yearbook