Specialist Heath Thomas, a Tallmadge High School graduate, assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Global Response Force in Fayetteville, NC earned a Fast-Track promotion to the rank of "Specialist" on December 1, 2015.

Fast-Track promotion provides incentives to those who strive for excellence and whose accomplishments, demonstrated capacity for leadership, and marked potential warrant promotion ahead of their peers.  Soldiers recommended for this kind of promotion must be outstanding and be "exceptional performers" within their operational units.