SPC Rebecca Shaw became a member of the Army National Guard on Jan 28, 2008. She chose to join the Army in remembrance of her uncle, SPC William Stultz, who died during his service in Vietnam. Also to honor her husband, SPC Larry Shaw, who served three years of active duty and her godfather (uncle), SPC Walter Hardman, who served during Vietnam.
Joining the Army is fulfilling a lifetime dream of following her two uncles' footsteps. SPC Shaw attended BCT (Basic Combat Training) at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri, attached to Alpha Company - 1st Battalion - 48 Infantry Regiment. She successfully completed BCT on May 1, 2008, and went on to AIT (Advanced Individual Training) also at Ft. Leonard Wood.
This training she was attached to Bravo Company - 58th Transportation Battalion. SPC Shaw completed her training as a Motor Vehicle Operator (88M) and graduated on June 20, 2008. Upon graduation she received recognition for finishing in the top ten percent of her class, 26T, earning her a spot on the commandant's list. She also received the leadership award which earned her an Army Achievement Medal.
Upon returning to Indiana SPC Shaw will be attached to Company F, 113th Spt. Rear Unit in Terre Haute. As soon as possible she will be attending Officer Candidate School (OCS).
After completing that training she plans to become a full-time member of the National Guard and continue serving her country.