Stephen P. Armes was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. Colonel Armes is the grandson of the late Billy and Helen Wallace of Franklin, Pete and Imogene Armes of Kingston, Tenn., formerly of Franklin, and the son of Paul and Linda Armes of Franklin and Nashville, Tenn.
Armes is an infantry combat veteran who recently returned from three years overseas with Special Operations Training Group. He is currently stationed in Coronado, Calif., and is involved with training a variety of Marine and Navy units.
His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for valor, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of 4th Award, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal gold star in lieu of 2nd award and the Combat Action Ribbon.