Military news – July 18

2011 Eastern Hancock graduate completes basic training

WILKINSON — U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Steven Stunda graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.

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

Stunda earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the son of Chris and Tammy Stunda of Wilkinson and a 2011 graduate of Eastern Hancock High School.

New Palestine native named second lieutenant

NEW PALESTINE — Zachariah Weldon has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Army ROTC, Indiana University – Bloomington.

The new officer will serve on active duty or in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. The lieutenant will attend an officer basic course relating to his particular military occupational specialty/job. Afterward, he will complete advanced training by attending basic officer leadership courses for career progression purposes.

The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help cadets succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators, who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments.

Weldon is the son of Conni Weldon of New Palestine. He graduated in 2013 from New Palestine High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2017 from Indiana University.