Images: Patriot Academy action [Image 7 of 7]
Photo by T.d. Jackson
Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana adjutant general, gives a speech during the dedication of the National Guard Patriot Academy Aug. 26, 2009, at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind. The academy, which is the first of its kind, allows high school dropouts to earn their high school diploma through online courses while serving in the Army National Guard. In addition to academics, the students are required to attend Army training and accomplish community service projects around Jennings County in Indiana.