Miss Tuolumne County 2011 has been sworn into the Unites States Army and will leave the Mother Lode next week on February 11th.
Ashlynn Lafayette was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.
Lafayette is a seventh generation Tuolumne County resident and her family has a long history of military service.
“I’m excited to be sworn into the US Army”, said Lafayette. “My family taught me that freedom isn’t free. I’m honored to serve our country.”
At 5’6″, Lafayette almost didn’t make the minimum weight limit requirement of 114 pounds. She had to put on a couple of extra pounds in order to meet the weight requirement.
The 2012 Sonora High School graduate wants to make her family proud and she would like to become a nurse. Joining the Army will allow Lafayette to have most of her nursing school paid for.
On Tuesday, Lafayette will be deployed to Fort Sill, a U.S. Army Post in Lawton, Oklahoma. She will be there for nine weeks of basic training.
From Fort Sill, Lafayette will move to Ft. Sam Houston, Texas for her Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in medical school.
Lafayette will serve in the Army for a period of four years and has no clue where she will be stationed after Fort Sam.
As far as long term goals, Lafayette desires to eventually return to the Mother Lode, find work as a nurse and raise her own family here.
The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am.