Pvt. Natalie Booker, a Baker School class of 2013 alumna, just completed training at Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Hawaii as a Distinguished Honor Graduate.

From a class of 127 soldiers, Booker carried the highest class score of 98.60, according to a media release. After 22 days of intensive training, Booker's culmination event comprised her management of a squad executing a jungle assault and reaction to an improvised explosive device. Booker will be promoted the rank of sergeant in October.

NCO Academy Hawaii trains current and future U.S. Army Junior Noncommissioned Officers and international military students from countries around the Pacific Ocean.

Trainees develop the Warrior Leader Skills needed at the team and squad level, and they develop professional attributes that promote confidence in their ability to handle modern day leadership challenges.