CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Justin Placher, of Poplar Bluff, recently completed his military training to become a motor transportation operator for Missouri National Guard's 205th Military Police Battalion.
"I joined the Guard because of the opportunities and education I can receive throughout my life," Placher said. "The Guard allows me to serve my country and become a better person at the same time."
He graduated from basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Jan. 13, 2010.
Prior to training, Placher served with Company E of the Recruit Sustainment program in Cape Girardeau. Through the program, he learned basic Army skills and values and became more familiar with his role as a Soldier in the Missouri Army National Guard.
Staff Sgt. James Rudd, recruiter at the Poplar Bluff armory, said Placher will be an excellent Soldier for his new unit.
"He's a well rounded and very intelligent Soldier," said Rudd. "He was voted outstanding Soldier at both basic and advanced individual training for being in the top 10 percent of his class. He excelled at physical training throughout the program in Cape Girardeau, and I know he'll be a great asset to his new unit."
Placher will begin serving with Detachment 2, 1137th Military Police Company in Doniphan in February 2011 until his new unit, the 205th Military Police Battalion, returns from their deployment in Afghanistan.
Placher is the son of Angie Cape, of Poplar Bluff. He is a graduate of Poplar Bluff High School.
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