Private Johnny Ray Manuel Archuleta graduated boot camp Nov. 22. He received the "Army Achievement Medal" for exceptionally mertitorious achievement in discipline, initiative, espirit de corps and endurance were far above his peers resulting in his selection as the Commanding General's Award winner. Private Archuleta's actions reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Battalion 48 Infantry Regiment, Manuever Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood and The United States Army.
Archuleta is the son of Valorie Cardenas(mom), Manuel Archuleta (dad), Mark Cardenas (stepdad), Arianna (sister) and Ivan (younger brother). In a statement, Archuleta's family said, "Thank you Johnny Ray for serving our country. Becoming a wonderful man. And showing Ivan the right path. Love you so much with all our hearts. And to the wonderful soldiers we met and fed for Thanksgiving since their families couldn't make it. It was our pleasure. God bless all of you an watch over you."