Nevada National Guard makes history
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- So proudly they stood as the "Star-Spangled Banner" played loudly. They are a select group of 12 new Nevada National Guard lieutenants.
The moment is a dream come true for Lt. James Green, he only wished his mother could be here too.
"My mom now passed away so it kind of brings me closer to her memory and fulfilling this dream of mine and also a dream of hers at the same time is very gratifying," Green said.
Forty-year old Green and his comrades have completed a rigorous officer training program.
"Very demanding physically rigorous, a lot of running a lot of push ups a lot of sit ups," Green said.
Now they're making military history as the largest graduating class of new lieutenants in Nevada. Twelve officers may not seem like many, but these are our best soldiers.
"We probably have a 50 percent wash out rate," Cdr. Frank Gonzales said. "If we have twelve candidates come in we will graduate six it's just a natural progression."
In Nevada the National Guard helps with disaster relief. The guard also assists local law enforcement on nights like New Year's Eve.
"There will be other challenges in my military career particularly as an officer," Green said. "I know I'll get through it."
"His mother passed away about eight years ago and she always wanted him to do this," Green's father Norman said. "I'm just so proud of him."
A salute, a handshake and pat on the back - these men and women have finally accomplished their feat.