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Kenneth D. Shive
Col. Kenneth D. Shive has retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of faithful and honorable military service, and was decorated with the Legion of Merit Medal.
He received the medal for exceptionally meritorious service from June 23, 2008 to June 30, 2009, while serving as a Defense Foreign Liaison chief and deputy chief of the Office of International Engagement with the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
He brought to bear his own attache experiences to identify and address issues of equity for 130 Defense Attache offices worldwide; assisted and educated both civilian and military officers in understanding the responsibilities of defense attaches and importance of international engagement.
In June 1979, Shive received a commission of second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
During his career, Shive served at military assignments in Egypt, South Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen, New York, and North Carolina. He served in positions ranging from assistant operations officer and company commander to U.S. Military Academy instructor and U.S. Defense and Army attache.
His other military decorations include two Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, two Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other military service ribbons and personal awards.
He is the son of Marguerite O. Shive of Belmont.
Shive is a 1975 graduate of South Point High School, Belmont. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and earned a master’s degree in 1987 from the University of Rochester, N.Y.
Jason Whitley
Pfc. Jason P. Whitley of the National Guard graduated form basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. on June 26 and from advanced training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. on Aug. 14. He will be going to the 1454th Transportation Company in Concord.
Whitley is the son of Davis and Jan Whitley and James and Barbara Watkins. He graduated form South Rowan High School and Rowan Cabarrus Community College with a criminal justice degree.
Whitley is a detective for the Rowan County Sherriff’s Department.

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