LT James M. Head, USN (ret)
Lieutenant Jim Head enlisted in the Navy July 1978 and attended basic training at the Great Lakes Recruit Training Center, in IL. Following graduation he attended Aircrew Survival School and was designated an Aircrew Survivalman.
He was assigned to Fighter Squadron 154 at Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA and made two Western Pacific and Indian Ocean deployments on the USS Ranger and the USS Coral Sea. He served as the leading Petty Officer of the Survival Branch and was the Leading Petty Officer of the Crew Chief Division and performed the duties as Flight Deck Coordinator. He was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.
In 1982 he was assigned as an Enlisted Navy Recruiter in the Boston, MA area. He served until 1984 when he assigned as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Instructor and assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command. During this tour he provided classroom and field training to naval aviators, SEALS, and other US service personnel in aggressive and non-aggressive survival techniques. During this tour he was advanced to Petty Officer 1st Class.
In 1985 he was selected for conversion to the Master at Arms Rate and after training in Criminal Investigations and Advance Law Enforcement was assigned to the USS Nimitz as a Command Investigator, Chief Investigator and Chief Master at Arms. He served on the Nimitz until 1990 during which time he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and selected for Senior Chief Petty Officer. In 1990 he was selected for the Limited Duty Officer program and commissioned an Ensign (Law Enforcement and Physical Security).
After completion of LDO/CWO Officer Indoctrination Course, he was assigned to the USS America as the Security Officer. During that time he acted as Battle Group Security Officer for a wartime operations during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He made two additional cruises on the USS America include one to support operations in the Balkans and Somalia.
He reported for duty in November 1993 as the Executive Officer of NTTC Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX. NTTC Lackland is the home of the Joint Law Enforcement Training Center, Corrections Training Center and Navy Culinary Specialist School. During this tour he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy and graduated as a member of the 181st session. He served in this capacity until 1997 when he was assigned as Director of Security for Naval Air Station Fallon, NV. LT Head retired from active service September 30, 1998.
In October of 1998, he was employed as a Major with Henrico County Sheriff’s Office where he was assigned as the Division Commander for the Administrative and Support Division. He was employed by HCSO until 2003 when he was fortunate to be selected for the position of Senior Naval Science Instructor, Patrick Henry High School.
LT Head’s personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards) the Navy Achievement Medal (5 awards) and the Air Force Achievement Medal (2 awards) along with numerous service and campaign medals and ribbons.
MGySgt Franklin Dubose, USMC (ret)
Master Gunnery Sergeant Franklin Dubose graduated from Recruit Training in September of 1981 and reported to Basic Cannoneer School, MCB Camp Lejeune, NC. Upon graduating in October of 1981, he was assigned to India Battery 3rd Battalion 10th Marines, Camp Lejeune, NC as a field artillery man. During this time, he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal, served aboard the USS Nassau and participated in combat operations in Beirut.
In 1982, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was transferred to Golf Battery 3rd Battalion 12th Marines, MCB Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as a Gunner, Section Chief and Local Security Chief. In 1985, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and received orders to Drill Instructor School at Paris Island and upon graduation assigned as a Drill Instructor with Recruit Training Regiment, 1st Battalion, Alpha Company.
In 1990, he was transferred to MSG Battalion Quantico, VA. After completion of Marine Security Guard School, he served in the American Embassies in Moscow, Soviet Union and Libreville, Gabon in Africa.
Promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant he served as an Inspector/Instructor with Mike Battery 4th Battalion 14th Marines as a Field Artillery Chief and Battery Gunnery Sergeant.
He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and was transferred to 3rd Battalion 12th Marines in September of 1997 where he served as the Battery Gunnery Sergeant. In March of 1999, he transferred to Headquarters Battery 12th Marine Regiment and served as the Battery Gunnery Sergeant until July of 2000.
In July 2000, he received orders to the Staff Non-Commissioned Offer Academy, MCB Camp Butler Okinawa, Japan, and served as a Weapons Instructor, Faculty Advisor and Academics Chief.
In October 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant and received orders to 1st Battalion 11th Marines where he served as the Battalion Field Artillery Chief and the Equal Opportunity Representative, and saw combat in Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq.
He was promoted to the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant and received orders to Marine Corps Institute, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC in December 2004, where he served as a Course Writer, and Parade and Ceremonial Supervisor. He retired in April 2008 and accepted a position as the Naval Science Instructor for Patrick Henry NJROTC.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Dubose’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement Medals and the Combat action ribbon plus many service and campaign awards. He completed an Associates degree in General Studies from Central Texas College , a Bachelors degree in Social Psychology from Park University where he graduated with highest honors, and a Masters Degree in Management Leadership from Webster University.
DCC Roy E. Sprouse, Jr., USCGR (ret)
Chief Roy Sprouse enlisted in the Coast Guard September 1986 and attended basic training at Coast Guard Recruit Training Center, Cape May NJ. His first assignment was the Coast Guard Cutter Gentian WLB 290 in Fort Macon, NC. He remained at this unit for his obligated active duty service of 4 yrs and obtained the rank of Second Class Damage Controlman. In 1990 he transferred to the active reserve and reported to Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Yorktown VA.
He became a deputy with Henrico County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 where he obtained the rank of Sergeant and was placed in charge of the jails intake and release desk. He was sent to the VA Dept. of Corrections narcotic canine school and was certified as the agency’s first Narcotic Canine Handler. He conducted sweeps of the counties two jail facilities as well as providing assistance to outside agencies. He also conducted educational talks to schools about the abilities of K9s.
After the events of September 11, 2001, he was brought back on active duty as a member of the Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Instructor Staff at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown. He was certified as a use of force instructor and assisted in training the sudden plus up of students caused by the 9/11 events. While stationed at Training Center Yorktown as a Military Law Enforcement Instructor with a collateral duty as a USCG K9 handler when he was not teaching he was conducting sweeps for drugs on the base as well as assisting outside agencies. He also performed many public relation events with his K9, including being part of a children’s video about the Coast Guard. He obtained the rank of Chief Petty Officer Damage Controlman in 2013 and retired with 30 years of service September 2016.
After his release from active duty in 2003, he changed professions and returned to Henrico County, VA as a firefighter. He was assigned to the water rescue/search/dive team where he obtained his rescue diver, open water advanced and dry suit certifications. During his time as a firefighter he obtained his State Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate certification and he received several lifesaving awards. He retired from Henrico County in 2017 with 27 years of service.
DCC Sprouse’s personal awards include Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2 awards), Coast Guard Commandant letter of Commendation ribbon (4 awards) as well as other personal and unit ribbons.