Son of Legion Logistics Employee Completes Basic Training at Age 17

Earla Rose, one of Legion Logistics’ Number Crunchers, couldn’t be prouder of her son. Jacob is a senior at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, Kentucky. His classes include honors English, honors calculus, and web design, and he is participating in the Media Arts Academy of Kenton County and serving as a student aid in a Spanish class. He is a National Honors Student and has competed at the state level in wrestling. But believe it or not, that is not what is currently making his mom so proud.

On August 8, 2013, Jacob finished his Army National Guard basic training at the age of 17. Instead of spending the summer before his senior year hanging at the pool and playing video games, he spent ten weeks in boot camp at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He will continue to do drills one weekend a month in Burlington, Kentucky while he is in school, then he will do advanced individual training after he graduates next spring.

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When Earla asked him why he wanted to join the National Guard, Jacob said he wanted to serve his country and see his country, but not necessarily leave his country. Guardsmen tend to be the last to be deployed overseas. Instead they serve here, assisting in domestic emergencies, such as natural disasters or attacks on U.S. soil.

We had the pleasure of meeting Jacob when Earla brought him to the Legion for Bring Your Child to Work Day. He was friendly, polite, and eager to help with anything. The National Guard is lucky to count him among its ranks.

Congratulations to Jacob on his incredible achievements, and to Earla for raising such an upstanding young man.