West grad receives military honor


By Frank Lewis

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A 2015 Portsmouth West High School honor graduate has received a prestigious award from the United States Army. PV2 Trevis Stallins, a member of the 1st Batallion, 19th Field Artillery Foxtrot Battery, 4th Platoon at Fort Sill, Oklahoma was given the Private Louis Birtz Award on Aug. 21 when he graduated from basic training.

According to the graduation promotion – “The Private Louis Birtz Award is presented to the soldier that displayed the personal courage, dedication and motivation that Private Louis Birtz displayed. The battery chain of command recognizes this soldier as the most improved in his class.” The award is the highest a basic training trainee can receive.

Stallins, son of Rick and Norma Stallins, who now reside in Circleville, Ohio, enlisted and was sworn into the Future Soldier Program on Sept. 18, 2014. He completed all requirements as a future soldier and received the Warlord Award for the Most Knowledgeable Future Soldier Award for the state of Ohio, Chillicothe-Portsmouth recruiting area on May 20, 2014.

He was sworn into the U.S. Army as an active duty soldier on June 8, 2015 and was promoted to the rank of PV2 (E-2) and sent to Fort Sill.

“We’re very proud of him,” Rick Stallins said. “He’s making a mark in life.” Rick Stallins said his son hopes to become an officer one day.

Trevis Stallins is quick to explain his decision to serve his country.

“I has been my life-long dream as a small child to be in the military,” Stallins said. “I want to protect and serve the people of the United States and save lives.”

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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