Fayette County

Military notes: Jan. 12

Mark Needham
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▪ U.S. Army National Guard Pvt. Arron A. Stevens has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Stevens is the son of Daryl and Tina Stevens and the grandson of Mary J. Stevens, all of Nicholasville. He is a 2015 graduate of West Jessamine High School, Wilmore.

▪ U.S. Army Pvt. Jared S. Roberts has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Roberts is the son of Sandy Wilson and the step-son of Jason Wilson of Waco, Texas. He is a 2015 graduate of Madison Southern High School, Berea.


▪ Army Capt. Joshua L. Cole, a Fire Support Officer with 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., will be deploying with the “Dagger” Brigade for nine months to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. The unit’s mission is to support trusted regional partners with bilateral and multilateral military exercises and theater security cooperation activities in the Central Command area of responsibility.

Cole is the son of Carolyn M. Cole of Corbin, and husband of Kendra D. Cole of London.

He is a 2005 graduate of Corbin High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2009 from Eastern Kentucky University.


▪ Mark Needham, Bechtel Parsons science and technology manager for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond, will address the Bluegrass Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America at its lunch meeting at noon Jan. 22 at the Equestrian Woods Country Club, 107 Clubhouse Drive.

Needham is also the site manager for the Battelle Memorial Institute at the Deconstruction Plant. His office operates the laboratory that will conduct analysis to ensure chemical agents are properly destroyed as well as the plant air monitoring system that protects workers and the environment.

The meeting is open to all military officers – active duty, reserve and retired – and their guests. To attend, contact Pat Jones, (859) 271-2606, or by email at ppatcatfan@aol.com. A buffet lunch will be available for $17.

▪ Join Lady Vets Connect and Sheppard’s Hands, from 3:15-5 p.m. Jan. 30 at Eagle Creek Library, 101 North Eagle Creek Drive, to learn how to connect with other lady veterans to engage in monthly connection gatherings, outreach activities, support groups and seminars.

The meeting is free, but guests must register at Eventbrite.com/e/meet-greet-and-connecting-lady-veterans-supporters-tickets-19995176110 or RSVP to SheppardandLadyVets@gmail.com.