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  • Ites promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center

  • A soldier with local ties has been promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard (ARNG) Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga. CSM John Ites was recently welcomed to his new position with a Change of Responsibility Ceremony July 22.
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  • A soldier with local ties has been promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard (ARNG) Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga. CSM John Ites was recently welcomed to his new position with a Change of Responsibility Ceremony July 22.
    The mission of the ARNG Warrior Training Center is to train Soldiers in critical functional skills which include pre-Ranger, Combatives, Air Assault, Pathfinder, pre-Master Gunner and Bradley Crew Evaluator courses to develop highly qualified personnel imbued with the warrior ethos and ready to conduct the ARNG's state and federal missions.
    Ites' wife Val owns and operates Val's Restaurant in Laurie and sits on the Laurie Board of Aldermen. CSM John Ites is also a member of the Zack Wheat American Legion Post 624 in Sunrise Beach.
    Ites entered the Army in October 1985 and attended Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning. His first duty assignment was as a rifleman in 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry, Mainz, Germany. Since then, he has served in numerous Infantry and Engineer positions including Team Leader, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry, Fort Polk, La.; Squad Leader, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, Fort Benning; Platoon Sergeant, 203rd Engineer Battalion, Monett, Mo.; ARNG Engineer Proponency NCO, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; First Sergeant, Bravo Company, Warrior Training Center, Fort Benning; Senior Enlisted Advisor, Fort Polk; and now Command Sergeant Major of the Warrior Training Center. CSM Ites has also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom I with the 203rd Engineer Battalion.
    His military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 63), Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School and Pathfinder School. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grantham University.
    Notable awards and decorations CSM Ites has earned include the Meritorious Service Medal (Two Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (Four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (One Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Iraq Campaign Medal (Two Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with "M" device and Bronze Hourglass), Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Australian and German Parachutist Badges. He is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice.

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