By Frank Lewis
Sergeant Yannis Hadjiyannis, of Portsmouth, graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2010. Since then he has been with Headquarters Company of the 391st Military Police Batallion of the U.S. Army Reserve, and now he is preparing for future deployment overseas.
“The training is called the WAREX, or Warrior Exercise at Ft. Dix, New Jersey,” Hadjiyannis said. “And the training simulates a wartime environment and has multiple areas of operations. We’re running missions. We’re getting attacked, and we’re running our operations while running detention facilities. Everyone here is an MP, so we’re running a prison as well.”
Hadjiyannis said the training is three weeks long and features unit evaluations to ensure the operational preparedness of Army Reserve units.
“Right now we’ve been providing logistics for two other companies,” Hadjiyannis said. “So for over 300 people we have been providing all of the logistics support and all the operations.”
When he isn’t off training to defend his country, Hadjiyannis is a student at The Ohio State University, and when his training is over, he will return to continue his education.
Sergeant Hadjiyannis is the son of Christina and Stylianos Hadjiyannis.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.