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NEWS | June 19, 2019

Soldiers graduate from National Guard Culinary Specialist Reclassification Course

By Barbara Wilson

Illinois National Guard Soldiers Spc. Mark Wehde, of Plainfield, Illinois, and Sgt. Patrick Wells, of West Union, Illinois graduated from the 92G Culinary Specialist Reclassification Course June 18 at the Illinois National Guard Regional Training Institute, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

“You have an actual skill – preparing food for Soldiers,” Lt. Col. Michael Hough, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 129th Regiment (RTI) told the Soldiers. “This is a very important skill in the Army.”

“An Army marches on its stomach,” Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miranda Dawdy, Food Service Advisor, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. “You will provide safe, quality meals to all echelons of the fighting force.”

The two-phase course honored a Distinguished Honor Graduate and Honor Graduate from each phase. Wehde was selected as the Honor Graduate for Phase II. Wells was selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate for Phase II.

The two Soldiers were among 15 Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers from 10 states who graduated from the course.