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Spc. David Eley receives promotion in Missouri National Guard unit at FLW
Spc. David Eley receives promotion in Missouri National Guard unit at FLW

Spc. David Eley
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 9, 2009) — David Eley, a Springfield resident and 2000 graduate of Laquey High School, was recently promoted from the rank of private first class to specialist in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Eley has been with the National Guard for three years. He is a combat engineer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 35th Engineer Brigade, of Fort Leonard Wood.

“This will further my career as a soldier,” Eley said. “I’ve learned what I’ve needed to learn and advanced myself in my knowledge for the unit.”

Eley earned the promotion through meeting his requirements, said Capt. Steven Toft, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Engineer Brigade.

“He’s become qualified in his job,” Toft said. “He’s a good soldier. He’s physically fit and he’s got a good attitude.”

Eley is a full-time student at Ozarks Technical College in Springfield where he is earning his general education credits. Once that is complete, his plan is to transfer to Missouri State University and work toward a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems or information technology. Also while at Missouri State, Eley plans to enroll in ROTC on his way to becoming an officer.

Eley is supported in his military career by his children, Austin, 5, and Maddelyn, 9 months, and his ex-wife April.

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