Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

October 12, 2011

Avon man completes basic army training


— Pvt. First Class Joshua T. Mayo, a 2004 graduate of Avon High School, completed U.S. Army basic training at Fort Jackson, near Columbia, S.C.

He had training in military disciplines and studies, Army values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Mayo graduated with awards for expert marksman (rifle and grenade), company Pugil Stick Champion (a pugil stick is a heavily padded pole-like training weapon used by military personnel for training in rifle and bayonet combat), and received special recognition as an honor graduate. He was also recognized as “Soldier of the Cycle.”

Mayo is a member of the Indiana National Guard, and will be serving at Camp Atterbury.

He is currently receiving Air Traffic Control Specialist Training (MOS 15Q) at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Mayo has also received the U.S. Army Certificate of Excellence in tower operations academics and the Physical Training (PT) achievement award. He also servesas class leader and “Bay Boss.”

The MOS 15Q curriculum encompasses job skills training, physical training, common task training, and military customs and courtesies. Training for the ATC students is further enhanced through virtual simulation. The battalion also provides operational and administrative support for graduate level aviation students returning for advanced aircraft transitions and all international students here for flight training.

Mayo earned a business management associates degree in 2008. He also works as a health, life, and casualty insurance salesman for Liberty Mutual Insurance.