Lt. Col. Tharnell M. Thomas was recently awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his accomplishments and contributions while participating in exercise Ulchi-Freedom Guardian in the Republic of Korea.
Thomas, a native of Beulah, is the son of Richard and Orlando Thomas of Beulah. He is a 1976 graduate of Rosedale High School and attended Ole Miss and the University of Memphis.
Thomas is currently assigned to the 4th Brigade, 75th Training Division in Birmingham, Ala.
Exercise Ulchi Freedom-Guardian one of the largest Joint Staff directed theater exercises in the world involving more than 30,000 participants from the Republic of Korea the U.S. and other nations.
Ulchi-Freedom Guardian is the new name of the military exercise previously known as Ulchi-Focus Lens, a combined military exercise between South Korea and the United States. The exercise is the world's largest computerized command and control implementation, which mainly focuses on defending South Korea from a North Korean attack. The exercise was initiated in 1976 and is conducted annually during August or September.
Boone completes basic
Air Force Airman Bernice A. Boone graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Boone is the daughter of Bernice Boone of Shaw and cousin of Darnecia Dismukes of Oxford.
She is a 2008 graduate of Shaw High School.