JAMES P. STORIE has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 32 days of training provided the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in such areas as military life, administration, and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development was included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course was to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer leadership potential by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity, and physical stamina. The cadet command assessed each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities. and professionalism during the course.

Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. 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.

Storie is a student at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a 1997 graduate of Gardendale High School. He is the son of James R. Storie of Columbus, Miss., and Deborah J. Reid of Mount Olive. His wife Wendy is the daughter of Billy H. and Patricia F. Brasher of Warrior.

JUSTIN SETH ABERNATHY of Ashville has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. A 2008 graduate of Ashville High School, he is the son of Kim Abernathy.