47 years of volunteerism
Clayton C. Bean and Johnathan L. Whitemire have 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 provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support.
The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending 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.
The cadets are students at North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega.
Bean is the son of Michael W. and Ashley R. Bean of Dahlonega Highway, Clermont.
Bean is a 2007 graduate of North Hall High School.
Whitmire is the son of Norman W. Whitmire of Ivy Springs Drive, and Angela D. Weck of Brass Lantern Drive, both of Flowery Branch.
Whitemire is a 2007 graduate of Flowery Branch High School.