Williams native advances in National Guard

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Second Lt. Allison Ward, of Williams, was commissioned as a Signal Officer into the 422d Expeditionary Signal Battalion in the Nevada National Guard on Dec. 6, 2019 at the University of Nevada, Reno. - Submitted Photo

Second Lt. Allison Ward, of Williams, was commissioned as a Signal Officer into the 422d Expeditionary Signal Battalion in the Nevada National Guard in a Dec. 6, 2019 ceremony at the University of Nevada, Reno Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Ward is the daughter of Brent and Kristi Ward, and grew up in Williams with her little brother, Ryan.

Ward enlisted into the California National Guard on Oct. 2, 2014. After graduating from Williams High School in 2015, she attended basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and advanced individual training in Ft. Jackson, S.C. She completed her training as distinguished honor graduate and became a 42A.

After returning home, Ward transferred to the Nevada National Guard and began schooling at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she enrolled in the ROTC program. She accepted a contract with the program in August of 2016 and became a SMP cadet, drilling with the 422d Expeditionary Signal Battalion and participating in the ROTC program. While in the program, Ward participated in the CULP mission in Tanzania, worked as a technician for the Nevada National Guard, and maintained a 3.9 grade point average.

Ward is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with an emphasis on special education. She earned the distinction of Magna Cum Laude, placing her in the top 5 percent of the College of Education’s graduating class. Additionally, Ward was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate, placing in the 20 percent of ROTC graduates nationwide. ■

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