Howton graduates ROTC course

William E. Howton graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 33 days of training include administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop leadership ability.

The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Howton is a student at the University of West Florida, Pensacola.

He is the son of James T. Howton Sr. of Hay Meadow Road, Milton, Fla., and Cynthia A. Hughes of Barkley Drive, Alabaster.

His wife, Michelle, is the daughter of Howard E. and Denise L. Magee of Atilla Ave., Pensacola