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MILITARY BRIEFS | Local service members in the news

MARYSVILLE — The Joint Hometown News Service and the Fleet Hometown News Service have released the following information about local service members in the news.

Jeffrey Hanson

Army National Guard Spec. Jeffrey Hanson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is the son of Stanley and Jonne Hanson of Meridian Ave. N., Arlington, Wash.

Hanson graduated in 1995 from Stanwood High School, Wash., and received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from Eastern Washington University, Cheney.

Nichole M. Moman

Army Reserve Spec. Nichole M. Moman has been mobilized and activated at Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operation New Dawn in the Iraqi Theater of Operations or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Southwest Theater of Operations.  The soldier is a member of the 709th Transportation Company, based out of Tacoma, Wash.

The soldiers are normally activated from Army Reserve or Army National Guard units from throughout the U.S.  They go through a series of in-processing procedures and training classes that prepare them for skills and situations they may face in their deployed environment.

Operation New Dawn transitions and signifies a formal end to U.S. military combat operations in Iraq.  The transition shifts the U.S. emphasis from predominantly military to predominately civilian as the U.S. officials assist Iraqis in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement.  The three primary missions of U.S. Forces include advising, assisting, and training the Iraqi Security Forces; conducting partnered counterterrorism operations; and providing support to provincial reconstruction teams and civilian partners as they help build Iraq's civil capacity.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official names given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.  Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States.  U.S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Iraq, the Arabian peninsula, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

The specialist is an engineer and has served in the military for nine years.

She is the daughter of Lois Geist of State Route 530 N.E., Arlington, Wash.

Moman graduated in 2002 from Arlington High School, and received an associate degree in 2009 from Spokane Community College, Wash.

Christina M. Stretch

Navy Airman Christina M. Stretch, daughter of Angela M. and Robert J. Stretch of Marysville, Wash., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. with honors.

During the eight-week program, Stretch completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly "Navy" flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Stretch is a 2010 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School of Marysville, Wash. She is a 2010 graduate of Everett Community College, Everett, Wash. with a AA degree.

Ann G. Patio

Navy Seaman Recruit Paulette Ann G. Patio, daughter of Maria Zaida G. and Romeo S. Patio of Marysville, Wash., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Patio completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Patio is a 2008 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School of Marysville, Wash.

Dessa A. Lipusz

Navy Seaman Apprentice Dessa A. Lipusz, daughter of Donna M. Lipus of Granite Falls, Wash. and Kevin F. Lipus, of Marysville, Wash., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Lipusz completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Keri A. Smith

Navy Seaman Recruit Keri A. Smith, a 2010 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville, Wash., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Smith completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Crystal G. Mollett

Air Force Airman Crystal G. Mollett graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

She is the daughter of Kerri Mollett of 104th Place N.E., Marysville, Wash., and Mark Mollett of Mitchell St., Aberdeen, Wash.

Mollett graduated in 2007 from Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Wash.

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