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James J. Vipond graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 33 days of training provides professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Vipond is the son of Terry L. and Judy D. Vipond of Ashburn. He graduated in 2001 from Broad Run High School, Ashburn, and is currently attending Old Dominion University, Norfolk.

Army Spec. James A. Gregory has been named the soldier of the month. Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, significant self-improvement, and other specific achievements and notable accomplishments.

Gregory is a cannon crew member assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, Fort Stewart, Hinesville, Ga. He is the son of William Gregory of South Riding, and Diane Lewis of Baer Road, Forestburgh, N.Y. Gregory is a 2002 graduate of Eldred Central High School, N.Y.