James R. Long has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army after successfully completing the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University.
Long will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve. The lieutenant will attend an officer basic course relating to his or her particular military occupational specialty/job. Afterward, the officer will complete advanced training by attending basic officer leadership courses for career progression purposes.
The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help cadets succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators, who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments. As trained problem-solvers, key influencers and planners, they are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.
Long is the son of James R. and Tanya J. Long of Yelm, and grandson of Gary and Carole Forrest of Tacoma.
Long is the brother of Brittany N. Nyden of Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
He is a 2009 graduate of Yelm High School, Yelm, Wash.