|Joel Stegner, of Fort Thomas, was commissioned into the U.S. National Guard Reserve in October/Holt|
Joel Stegner, from Fort Thomas, just graduated basic training as one of the nation's newest members of the armed forces.
After having trained one week a month for six months in Burlington, Stegner was commissioned as a private 2nd class. Upon completion of that initial training, Stegner left Fort Thomas in late July to attend basic training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, Stegner completed just over three months of basic training in the U.S. National Guard Reserve.
Stegner is now at Fort Sam, in Houston, TX, for his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to serve as a medic, the first phase of which he has already completed, making Stegner a certified EMT. Next will come training to certify as a combat medic, which includes training in physical therapy. Stegner expects to graduate from AIT in late February or early March.
Once finished with his training, Stegner will return to Fort Thomas to live with his family before enrolling in college next fall. Stegner is eyeing Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, looking to study Forensic Science. As a Guardsman, his tuition will be 100% financed.
Stegner moved to Fort Thomas earlier this year with his father and siblings while finishing up his senior year at Dixie Heights High School.
For more photos from Stegner's graduation day, check them out on Facebook!
FTM would like to offer our congratulations and thanks to Joel for his service.
- Staff report