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University job provides different challenges

Jim Wiecking currently spends his workday helping Longwood University get grant money to do research projects as part of the Research and Grants Office. “We ... Read more

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

Booker breaks patterns, racial lines with service

Master Chief Cryptologist Dr. John Booker, age 79, was born and raised in Cumberland County. As a young man attending Luther P. Jackson High School, ... Read more

7 months ago by Alexa Massey.

‘I’m a lucky, lucky person’

James Wooten Jr., 76, walks with a limp and has fought diabetes after returning from two years of duty in Vietnam in 1967, but he ... Read more

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

Respect, discipline, comradery

Major Sergeant John Sedgwick, 78, of Buckingham, originally grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. Born in 1942, Sedgwick grew up during the time of the draft. ... Read more

7 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Virgil Chick was just doing his duty

Virgil Chick doesn’t think of himself as a military hero. “I don’t have any hero stories for you,” the 76-year-old Chick said near the end ... Read more

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

From cook to general, Fore does it all

Being a brigadier general in the National Guard would be enough of an accomplishment for most, but for Farmville’s William G. “Buckie” Fore Jr., the ... Read more

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

‘This is what I want to do’

Sergeant Josh Jones, age 37, of Buckingham, was originally taken on a tour of Fork Union Military Academy as a “scare tactic” by his parents. ... Read more

7 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Hamlin weathered adversity to build a life

Robert “Bob” Hamlin faced significant adversity early in his life — times when options were closed off to him and pathways were dictated to him. ... Read more

7 months ago by Titus Mohler.

Gough: A wartime commander

William “Buck” Gough Jr. joined the U.S. Army in 1984 and served into the early ’90s, including during the first Gulf War. While Gough did ... Read more

7 months ago by Titus Mohler.

Young: Ever ready to serve

Justine Young leads an exciting, unpredictable life that many would find nearly impossible to manage, but she makes it work and has willingly embraced it ... Read more

7 months ago by Titus Mohler.

Tuition aid leads to military career

A  consensus among friends, some encouragement from a recruiter and a desire to help his parents pay for his college tuition led Jeff Scales to ... Read more

7 months ago by Titus Mohler.

‘I knew what I was doing, and I’d do it all again’

Prince Edward County resident Silas Blanton was born in the nearby Cumberland County in 1959. Growing up, he attended Luther P. Jackson High School and ... Read more

7 months ago by Alexa Massey.

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