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Cpt. Mark G. Inman, commanding officer of Willow Springs-based Troop G, has announced the assignment of five new troopers to Troop G.

Trooper Joshua M. Kenyon has been assigned to Zone 3, Northern Howell and Shannon counties. Trooper Kenyon is a native of Forsyth, Missouri, and attended Bradleyville High School in Bradleyville, Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He was employed by Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply in West Plains, Missouri, before joining the Patrol. He is married to Sarah (Moore) Kenyon. Trooper Kenyon’s zone supervisor will be Sergeant Neil Foster and his field training officer will be Corporal Garrett Loring.

Trooper Christian J. Mendez has been assigned to Zone 11, Douglas and Ozark counties. Trooper Mendez is a native of Chino, California, and attended Riverside Christian High School in Riverside, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Trooper Mendez’s zone supervisor will be Sergeant Charlie Hogue and his field training officer will be Trooper Adam Johnson.

Trooper Blake C. Rowden has been assigned to Zone 10, Northern Howell and Shannon counties. Trooper Rowden is a native of Meta, Missouri, and a graduate of Vienna High School in Vienna, Missouri. He holds an associate’s degree from Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri. He is a military veteran and worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections before joining the Patrol. He is married to Amanda (Pendleton) Rowden and has one child. Trooper Rowden’s zone supervisor will be Sergeant Jeff Cravens and his field training officer will be Trooper Jeff Cunningham.

Trooper Dillon F. Wales has been assigned to Zone 5, Douglas and Ozark counties. Trooper Wales is a native of Webb City, Missouri, and attended Webb City High School. Prior to joining the Patrol, he was employed by Heart of America Beverage Company in Joplin, Missouri. Trooper Wales’ zone supervisor will be Sergeant Logan Elliott and his field training officer will be Trooper Ryan Vaughan.

Trooper Michael A. White has been assigned to Zone 3, Northern Howell and Shannon counties. Trooper White is a native of Washington, Missouri, and a graduate of Parkway South High School in Ballwin, Missouri. He is a military veteran and worked as a commercial vehicle inspector in the Troop C area before becoming a trooper. He is married to Tiffany (South) White and they have three children. Trooper White’s zone supervisor will be Sergeant Neil Foster and his field training officer will be Trooper Justin Watson.

The five new troopers were members of the 100th Recruit Class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The 100th Recruit Class began training Jan. 5 and graduated June 26. They will report for duty on July 13.

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