43d AG Reception Battalion- Fitness Training Unit

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Our Mission:

FTU Phoenixes The Fitness Training Unit physically rehabilitates IET Soldiers attached to the Warrior Training Rehabilitation Program (WTRP) and prepares them to re-enter BCT/OSUT/AIT, trains end of cycle APFT failures from BCT/OSUT/AIT to meet graduation standards (APFT-Improvement), and supports combat training on Fort Leonard Wood by facilitating the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) separation process of IET Soldiers to reduce training distracters.

CPT Edward Williams

Company Commander

FTU Company Commander

CPT Edward Williams enlisted in the Army in 2000 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA. He attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX and graduated as a Medical Laboratory Specialist in 2001. He served in this field until 2007 when he attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX and graduated as a Health Care Specialist. Following assignments in Fort Hood, TX and Fort Carson, CO and deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, CPT Williams earned his Associates of Science from The George Washington University in 2002. He is a graduate of the Interservice Physician Assistant Program and earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. CPT Williams received his commission as a First Lieutenant in January 2015 and is a certified Physician Assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Fort Carson, CO to the 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment (Blackhawks) from 2015 to 2016, and the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (Manchus) from 2016 to 2018.

CPT Williams is a graduate of the Basic Leaders Course, AMEDD Advanced Leaders Course, AMEDD Basic Officer Leaders Course, Combat Casualty Care Course for Providers, and the Advanced Pain Management Course. He holds certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Burn Life Support, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and as an Advanced Wilderness and Expeditionary Provider.

CPT Williams’ awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (Silver OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5 Knots), National Defense Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO ISAF Ribbon, Valorous Unit Award (1 OLC), the Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Driver’s Badge-Wheeled.

1SG Dorothy M. Francois

Company First Sergeant

FTU Company 1SG

1SG Dorothy M. Francois enlisted in the United States Army in June 2000 as a Human Resources Specialist. She completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon completion of her initial entry training, 1SG Francois was assigned to HHD Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. .

She has served in various leadership positions which include: Human Resource Sergeant, Team Leader, Finance NCO, Drill Sergeant, SR Drill Sergeant, SR Human Resource Sergeant, BN S1 NCOIC, and Battalion SARC. 1SG Francois’ assignments include; Fort Sill, OK; Camp Coiner, Korea; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Leavenworth, KS; Fort Jackson, SC; and Naples, Italy.

1SG Francois’ military education includes: Postal Supervisor Course, HR Plans and Operations Course, Instructor Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Drill Sergeant School, Senior Leaders Course, Postal Operations, Sharp Foundation Course, Advanced Leaders Course; Unit Prevention Leader Course; Basic Leader Course; and Equal Opportunity Leaders Course.

1SG Francois has an Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Kansas City Kansas Community College and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Upper Iowa University.

1SG Francois’ awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (SLC), Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal , Iraq Campaign Medal , Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Army Superior Unit Award, Korea Defense Service Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge, and Colonel Robert L. Manning Achievement Medal (2).

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