BR NATIVE NAMED RECRUITER OF THE YEAR: Navy Career Counselor Chief Petty Officer Dewayne C. Scott, a Baton Rouge native and Southern University graduate, has been awarded the Recruiter of the Year Award for Divisional Lead Chief Petty Officer of the Year. The award recognizes the most accomplished and successful recruiters across the country.

Scott began his Navy career at 22 as a yeoman on the USS Nimitz, where he performed administrative work. He was aboard the USS Nimitz on deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Scott served as a Navy counselor for Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville. With nine years of recruiting, Scott serves as the lead chief petty officer for Navy Recruiting District Atlanta, where he trains other recruiters. He was recently promoted to officer programs assistant chief recruiter.

DRAKE COMPLETES BASIC: Navy Seaman Recruit Tyanna B. Drake, granddaughter of Osborne Havred, of Baker, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Drake is a 2011 graduate of Northeast High School.

TOURERE GRADUATES FROM OFFICER COURSE: Army 2nd Lt. Damon R. Tourere has graduated from the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The course is designed to produce physically fit, competent and confident infantry platoon leaders who are proficient in basic infantry skills. Lieutenants learn adaptive skills and to train and lead soldiers in infantry platoons to accomplish mission objectives in any environment.

Tourere is the son of Mary Tourere, of French Settlement, and John Tourere Sr., of Gonzales. His wife, Kaycie, is the daughter of Clifford and Patsy Harding, of Greenwell Springs. He is a 1995 graduate of Redemptorist High School.


HEBERT FAMILY: The Hebert Association is holding a gathering of Heberts for anyone interested in the history or genealogy of the Hebert name or anyone interested in Acadian history from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Abbeville library, 405 E. St. Victor St., Abbeville. Lunch will be served and is free to Hebert Association members and $5 for nonmembers. There will be speakers on Cajuns in World War II, the history of the Hebert Association, posters on Acadian ancestors, information on CMA 2014 and the opportunity to find ancestors in the group’s extensive database. For more information or to RSVP, contact John or Kathy, (225) 622-4412 or by April 25.

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