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Specialist completes deployment

Army Spec. Jarred J. King has returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name 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, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

King is an artilleryman assigned to the Fourth Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. He has served in the military for 2.5 years.

King is the son of Larry King and Lisa Banuelo, both of Sterling. He is a 2006 graduate of Sterling High School.

Seaman completes recruit training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Christopher L. Johnson recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes. 

During the 8-week program, Johnson completed classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was 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.  

Johnson is the son of Sally J. and Dennis R. Johnson of Prophetstown He is a 2009 graduate of Annawan High School. 

Rochelle graduate earns wings

Navy Lt. j.g. Ian R. Book earned the "Wings of Gold" recently while serving with Training Squadron 22, Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas. 

Book completed advanced jet, strike training with Training Squadron 22 (VT-22) flying the Boeing T-45A Goshawk. 

Jet, strike training at NAS Kingsville is broken down into two phases over a 53-week period. During phase one, students receive ground school training in instrument flying, and T-45 flight simulator training in formation flying, day formation flying, and airways navigation. In phase two, students are trained in night flying, low altitude flying, air-to-ground training, tactical formation flying, air combat maneuvering, and air-to-ground weapons in the T-45 Goshawk. The final evolution of the training syllabus takes the students out to an active aircraft carrier for carrier landing qualifications, where they will make 10 landings and six traps on board the ship. 

Once students successfully complete the jet, strike syllabus, they are designated as naval aviators and presented the "Wings of Gold." 

Book's next assignment will be with strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Six (VFA-122) at NAS Lemoore, Calif., flying the F/A 18 Super Hornet. 

Book, a 2006 graduate of Rochelle Township High School, joined the Navy in January 2011.


Airman completes basic training

Air Force Airman Theron R. Green graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The airman completed an intensive, 8-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.

Green is the son of Jennifer Jergens and Gary Green, both of Amboy.

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