Army Warrant Officer James R. Wallace Jr. graduated from the Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Ala.

The course prepares newly appointed officers for their first duty assignments and all subsequent assignments as warrant officers and chief warrant officers in the active Army, National Guard or Reserve.

Wallace is the son of Helena and James Wallace of Bryan.

His wife, Melissa, is the daughter of John Klump of Alamogordo, N.M., and Cathy Apodaca of Aransas Pass.

He is a 1998 graduate of Ellison High School. He earned an associate degree in 2013 from Sullivan University, Fort Knox, Ky.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James B. Carden graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Enlisted Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.

The school is a rigorous six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.

Graduates undergo additional instruction at a prototype training unit before serving as an electronics technician, machinist’s mate, or electrician’s mate aboard a nuclear-powered submarine or surface warfare ship.

Carden is the son of Anthony Carden of Temple, and Anna Carden of Bryan. His wife, Kelcie, is the daughter of Donna Cosper of Holland.

He is a 2012 graduate of Belton High School.

Army Pfc. Ky A. DeFilippo graduated from the nine-week Basic Combat Training program at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

DeFilippo is the son of Heather DeFilippo of Killeen, and brother of Tanner DeFilippo of Naples, Fla.

He is a 2008 graduate of Ellison High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Leianna S. Squire, daughter of Leviticus Squire of Killeen, and Laverne Squire of Waimea, Hawaii, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, the capstone event of boot camp was “Battle Stations,” an exercise to give recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Squire is a 2013 graduate of Ellison High School.

In the service is compiled from Hometown news releases received from the Armed Forces. Email for information.

Contact Teresa Tankersley at or (254)501-7542​

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