Army 2nd Lt. Patrick J. Shelton, son of James and Tina Shelton of Palm Harbor, graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
During 12 weeks of training, Shelton received instruction in leadership, professional ethics, soldier team development, combined arms tactics, weapons defense, combat water survival, squad drill, intelligence, field training exercises, day and night land navigation, confidence obstacle course, common core tasks, communications, staff and general military subjects, and physical fitness tests that included 3-, 4- and 5-mile runs and foot marches of 5 to 12 miles carrying rucksacks.
The candidate is tested on leadership skills and teamwork abilities required of a commissioned officer. Students learned to utilize acquired skills to function in squad and platoon-sized elements, and were evaluated in various leadership garrison positions while in a stressful and demanding field environment.
Shelton has served in the military for six months.
The second lieutenant is a 2006 graduate of Palm Harbor University High. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan.