Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Otha Allen of Lebanon retired from the United State Army Reserves Oct. 12, 2011, completing a 40-year, 5-month service career.
CSM Allen was drafted May 17, 1971, at the age of 20. He served 13 months in Vietnam and has served with distinction in all of his assignments throughout his extraordinary career.
CSM Allen has received the Army Physical Fitness badge multiple times by scoring a perfect score of 300 on his last APFT Oct. 2, 11 days before his 60th birthday.
Ashley Michelle Smith and Robert Jack Gates of Bowling Green were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Maple Hill Manor in Springfield. Lisa Nalley Martin officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Leo and Linda Smith. She is a product marketing specialist at Emdeon.
The groom’s parents are Victoria Olson and Toby and Donna Gates of Coldwater, Mich. He is an assistant golf professional at Bowling Green Country Club and girls’ golf coach for South Warren High School.