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By The Staff

PFC Kristin R. Davison
PFC Kristin R. Davison entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 2011, and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. on Oct. 20, 2011.


Davison then graduated from Advanced Individual Training (AIT) on April 5 of this year at Fort Belvoir, Va., having successfully completed the national geospatial engineer and intelligence training course.
The geospatial engineer course (GEC) provides U.S. Army students (MOS12Y) the apprentice level knowledge and skills to perform terrain analysis applications.
Critical terrain analysis tasks identified by the U.S. Army Engineer School are trained to standard.
The course is divided into six major blocks of instruction: introduction to the geospatial engineer course, computers and advanced map reading: introduction to geographic information systems; interpretation, analysis and processing of remotely sensed imagery; introduction to analysis and 3-D terrain visualization; introduction to weather effects, staff organization, MDMP, IPB and briefing techniques; and command post exercise.
The course culminates with an intense and comprehensive individual command post exercise, which reinforces and tests the soldier’s ability to perform all tasks taught throughout the course.
Upon graduation, soldiers will be assigned to U.S. Army Geospatial Engineering Teams at brigade, division, corps and theater level units that provide accurate, timely, relevant terrain analysis, visualization and tactical decision aids for strategic, operational and tactical analysis to commanders and their staff.
Davison was the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award and the Top Eagle Award.
The Top Eagle Award was based on Echo Co. 169th Battalion 1SG choice of one soldier from the class who stood out amongst his and her peers.
Davison excelled in achieving a high-grade point average in class, receiving a high Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) score and is efficient in their warrior task and drills.
With completion of the training at Fort Belvoir, her next assignment is A. Co. I. Corps, located at Fort Lewis, Wash.
The guest speaker and presentation of diplomas for the ceremony was Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Virden of Fort Bragg, N.C.
He is the son of Mabelene Virden and the late Norman Virden of Vandalia. His grandparents are the late Alvia and Hettie Rhoades, and the late Luther and June Virden.
Davison is the daughter of Terri L. Davison and the late Charles E. Davison, and granddaughter of Wilbert and Marcia Vaughn, and the late Phil and Gert Davison. Great grandparents are the late Bartlett-and Louise Rhoades, and Ada Henna.