Warrior of the Week: William Denis
Bright. Accomplished. Hard-working. Brave.
Those are some of the words that have been used to describe this week’s Warrior of the Week: airborne and field artillery specialist William Denis.
Currently stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Howell’s 22-year-old SPC Denis is part of the 82nd Airborne Division in the Army.
Kathleen Denis, his mother, said that she nominated SPC Denis as a “warrior” because of the pride she has in her son’s accomplishments.
Since his enlistment, Denis has traveled to Oklahoma, Georgia, and Louisiana for specialized training.
Denis said that when he went to Louisiana in August for training, three achievement awards were given among 300 people, and he was one of the recipients.
Now, William trains as a paratrooper, jumping out of helicopters in full equipment, and shoots cannons for the field artillery training.
He was one of 15 others chosen from a total of 2,000 soldiers to be accepted to the artillery assault school at Fort Bragg.
His brigade won the “Best of the Best” competition among the other soldiers three years in a row, and will have a mural erected at the fort for their achievements, said Denis.
“Recruiters saw him in that brigade and noticed his potential,” said Denis.
Now that he has been accepted to the artillery assault school, he most likely will reenlist, said Denis.
Although she is happy for William, Kathleen Denis still wishes she, as well as his 3-year-old son, could see him more often.
“I have a hard time with it,” said Denis. “But I know he’s found his niche in life.”