Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Posted June 14, 2005
Thomasville- The U.S. Army is celebrating its 230th birthday on Flag Day. And during a time of war, a group of new recruits are being prepared for what may lie ahead. They're being eased into what to expect during basic training in a few weeks, and then complex assignments shortly afterward.
Future soldier Devon Stephens is being introduced to his new lifestyle in the military. He joined the Army to fulfill a childhood dream. "I was around seventh or eighth grade and I flew in an airplane. Ever since then I said, man, I want to go into the military," says Stephens.
Stephens and his fellow recruits are being prepared for basic training, and learning about their noncommissioned officers. That's a trust builder their commanders say strengthens the chain of command. "Those are really who will be in charge of them, their leaders, and their mentors," says Captain Brian Kadet.
The NCOs will be mentors who could very possibly lead these new troops into battle in Iraq or Afghanistan. They're a new generation fighting a new type of war. "It's an enemy that doesn't wear a uniform. It's an enemy that doesn't fight with a conduct of war," says Kadet.
The meet and greet isn't only to introduce new recruits to the Army. It's also to introduce them to the transformation of themselves. "They come back and feel more confident in their abilities, and they know a little bit more about what they want to do in life," says Kadet.
Each has a different life, and different reasons for signing up to protect America's way of life. "My Dad is a retired first sergeant and it just was part of growing up in me," says Private Robin Fields. "Ever since I was a little kid I knew I was going to do something in the military," adds Private Rich Lyons.
The recruits' next step is a big step, the start of a new journey, destination unknown. "Wherever I gotta go, that's the best I'm going to serve. Somebody needs my help, then that's what Im going to do," says Stephens. His is an attitude that will keep these 25 recruits a family no matter where they're assigned.
The Army is offering big incentives to get people to join. Recruits can get up to $60,000 for college and up to $20,000 in bonuses.