Lopes Completes Training Program

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LAWTON, Okla. — Army Spec. Jose P. Lopes has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.

The course is designed to train students to establish, maintain, and operate radio and wire communications and speech security equipment, including encoding and decoding messages. They also must prepare and maintain daily staff journals, fire support situation maps, charts and other fire support and target processing procedures, records, and documents. In addition, students assist in initiating requests for field artillery, mortar, naval gunfire, and aerial delivered munitions, and emplace, maintain, and assist in the operation of laser range finders, target designation, and night observation devices.

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Lopes is the son of Marylou B. and Manuel R. Lopes of Mountainside.

The specialist graduated in 1986 from Jonathan Dayton High School, Springfield, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Bloomfield College.


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