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Matthew B. Dennis

VENUS - Army Maj. Matthew B. Dennis is one of more than 370 military officers, including 46 international officers, who graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Intermediate Level Education Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

The 10-month course is designed to develop warfighting and adaptive leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in full-spectrum operations. Selected military officers are selected to serve as commanders and principal staff officers.

Mid-career military officers are prepared to focus on warfighting leadership positions in Army, joint, multi-level and interagency organizations. Primary emphasis is placed on Army field participation for joint or combined operations, and provides a broad base of warfighting skills and knowledge.

Twenty of the officer graduates were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to serve in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, respectively.

Dennis has served in the military for 11 years.

He is the son of George and Roberta Dennis of Venus.

The major graduated in 1993 from Mansfield High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 1998 from the University of Texas in Arlington.

Rigo Estrada

ENNIS - Air Force Airman Rigo Estrada graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

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.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Mary Estrada of Ennis.

Estrada is a 2004 graduate of Ennis High School.

Cody A. Farrell

MIDLOTHIAN - Army Pvt. Cody A. Farrell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is the son of Pat Farrell of Midlothian and Kathy Edington of Richardson.

Farrell is a 2006 graduate of Midlothian High School.

Andrew G. Matos

GLENN HEIGHTS - Army Pvt. Andrew G. Matos has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is the son of Elizabeth Larrea-Rodriguez of Glenn Heights. Matos is a 2009 graduate of James Bowie High School in Arlington.

Robert L. Patton

ITALY - Army National Guard Pfc. Robert L. Patton has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Ky.

During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions and core values.

He is the son of James D. and Patricia D.W. Patton of Bynum. His wife, Ashley, is the daughter of Luin M. and Brenda J. McConnell of Italy.

The private received an associate degree in 2007 from Texas State Technical College in Waco.

Joel A. Ramirez

Army Pvt. Joel A. Ramirez has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.

During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area.

He is the son of Chano and Irma Ramirez of Waxahachie.

The private is a 2007 graduate of Waxahachie High School.

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