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WCHS grad helping Army recruiters


PVT. BENJAMIN SMART, left, talks to Franklin County High School students during a recent recruiting event. A Versailles native and 2015 graduate of Woodford County High School, Smart is back in Central Kentucky assisting local Army recruiters. (Photo by Lee Elder, USARB Nashville public affairs)

A 2015 Woodford County High School graduate has completed his Army training and is back in Central Kentucky assisting local Army recruiters. Pvt. Benjamin Smart recently completed his advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Va., where he learned how to repair the Army's AH-64 Apache helicopter. He earlier completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., after entering the Army in June 2015. Smart, 18, is the son of Eric and Laurie Smart of Versailles. He played football for the Yellow Jackets prior to his graduation. "I've gotten some very good training," Smart said. "I liked it because it was very attention-to-detail, just like my Dad has always taught me." As part of his recruiting duties, Smart accompanied local Army recruiters during visits to Frankfort area high schools. Fort Knox's 113th Army Band performed at both Western Hills and Franklin County high schools to support local recruiting efforts. "It's always good for young men and women to see a soldier who was where they were a short time ago," said Sgt. 1st Class Lanail Booker, who commands the Frankfort Army Recruiting Center. "They can relate to someone like Pvt. Smart who can share his Army story from a similar perspective." Smart is back in Central Kentucky under the Army's Hometown Recruiter Assistant Program that allows young soldiers a chance to return to their hometowns after finishing Army training for two weeks to help local recruiting efforts. He will report to his first duty station at Fort Bliss, Texas, following his time at the Frankfort Center. For more information about Regular Army and Army Reserve opportunities, call the Frankfort Center at (502) 223-1147. Learn about Army programs any time by logging on at www.goarmy.com.

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