Hoots is a senior tactical local area network operator assigned to the 112th Signal Detachment at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Homestead, Fla. During his nine years of military service, he has been deployed numerous times to Latin, Central and South America in support of training missions geared toward enhancing foreign nation relations.
He is the son of Vernon Kent Hoots and Terri Hoots of Stokes Forest Road, King, and is a 1997 graduate of South Stokes High School in Walnut Cove.
Army Pvt. James Wolfe, of Elkin, has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consisted of basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).
During basic training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremonies, military customs and courtesies, map reading, tactics, basic rifle marksmanship, physical fitness, field training, and first aid skills. The recruit developed combat skills and handled various weapons available to the infantry soldier.
During AIT, the soldier received instruction to serve as an infantryman/mortarman using light and heavy anti-armor weapons, indirect-fire support, and mechanized operations while assigned to a rifle or mortar squad. The training included weapons qualification, tactics, patrolling, navigation, field communications, and combat operations; engagement in infantry combat exercises, battle drills, land mine locating, neutralizing and extracting, and survival operations during a nuclear, biological or chemical attack.
Wolfe is the son of Jim Wolfe of Gwyn Ave., Elkin.