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Staff Sgt. Tanner to be commissioned

Staff Sgt. Tanner to be commissioned

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:30 pm

Staff Sgt. Tanner to be commissioned

Staff Sgt. Steven M. Tanner
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Steven M. Tanner, a 1994 graduate of South Fulton High School and an Obion County resident, was recently selected by the 2009 Enlisted to Warrant Officer Board to be commissioned as a warrant officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Tanner is stationed at CBIRF, the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, in Indian Head, Md., and is currently serving as a platoon commander. His current occupation requires him to respond to any kind of terrorist attack, whether it is chemical, biological, nuclear or high yield explosives. The commissioning board convened in June of this year and the results were released on Oct. 6. Tanner was chosen to be commissioned as a warrant officer in the Military Occupational Specialty of (NBC) Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defense. Tanner will receive his commission to warrant officer on Feb. 2, 2009. Immediately following his commission he will attend the WOBC, Warrant Officer’s Basic Course at Headquarters of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. Upon graduation of the Warrant Officer Course, he will most likely attend the CBRN Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Upon successful completion of the school, he will be assigned a duty station within the Marine Corps Operating Forces. The Marine Corps warrant officer is a technical officer who performs duties that require extensive knowledge, training and experience with particular systems or equipment. Their duties and responsibilities are of a nature beyond those required of senior noncommissioned officers. Marine Corps warrant officers provide experience and stability in the officer ranks in critical specialty areas. By definition, Marine Corps warrant officers are the technical experts who have established their skills in the enlisted grades and who possess the potential to act as a supervisor in that skill in a capacity that is substantially higher than that required for enlisted personnel. Tanner has been in the Marine Corps for 14 years and plans on completing the required years for retirement, which is 20. Tanner is married to the former Stephanie Rooks of Martin. They have a son, Hudson Wayne Tanner, born Nov. 3, 2007. Mrs. Tanner is the daughter of Emery and Joyce Rooks of Martin. Tanner is the son of Patsy McCaig of Martin and the late Steven “Spanky” Tanner of Paris and is the grandson of Helen Tanner of Paris and Lavene Fry of Union City and the late Carl Fry.wcp 10-16-08

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