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Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2013, 12:50 pm
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Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Area service members recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
*Air Force Airman Zackary Dowdal, son of Stephanie and Robert Dowdal Jr., Colona, is a 2012 graduate of United Township High School, East Moline.
*Air National Guard Airman Joseph Wells, son of James and Kimberly Wells, Fenton, is a 2012 graduate of Erie High School.
*Air Force Airman Ashlyn Lee, daughter of Jason Lee and Delores Richardson, both of Coal Valley, is a 2011 graduate of Moline High School.
*Air Force Airman Marcus A. Mohn, son of Wendy and Michael Mohn, Rock Island, is a 2010 graduate of Rock Island High School.
*Air Force Airman Coco Outen, daughter of Melvin Outen, Silvis, is a 2012 graduate of Holly Springs High School, N.C.
*Air Force Airman 1st Class Sabrina Bailey, daughter of Lucricia Bailey, East Moline, is a 2009 graduate of United Township High School, East Moline. She received an associate degree in 2011 from Black Hawk College, Moline.
*Air Force Airman 1st Class Kiley Sommers, son of Kerry Sommers, Coal Valley, is a 2010 graduate of Moline High School. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from Black Hawk College, Moline.
*Air Force Airman Betty Goldenpenny, daughter of Mariluna Castillo-Teague, Geneseo, is a 2011 graduate of Madison Southern High School, Berea, Ky.

Fort Jackson
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Area service members recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
*Army Pvt. Jeremiah Krause, son of Doug and Chris Krause, Cambridge, is a 2012 graduate of Orion High School.
*Army National Guard Pvt. Tyshawn Johnson, brother of Tanisha Briley, Davenport, is a 2012 graduate of Davenport Central High School.
*Army National Guard Pvt. Alice M. McCalester, daughter of Lois McCalester, Davenport, is a 2011 graduate of West High School, Davenport.
*Army National Guard Pvt. Kelvin K. Tran, son of Minh Tran, Davenport, is a 2012 graduate of Davenport North High School.
*Army Pvt. Kenry L. Trowers, son of Ann and Lloyd Trowers, Davenport, is a 2012 graduate of Davenport North High School.
*Army National Guard Pfc. Ammanda Medina is the daughter of Dan and Grace Medina of North Vail Street, Geneseo.
*Army National Guard Spec. Justin Stralow, son of Julie Jordan, Rock Falls, and Mark Stralow, Morrison, is a 2004 graduate of Morrison High School.
*Army Pvt. Taylor McMullen is a 2012 graduate of Riverdale High School, Port Byron.
*Army National Guard Pvt. Dionna Reed, daughter of Diane Reed-Wilmington, Rock Island, is a 2011 graduate of Rock island High School.

Alec Keck
GREAT LAKES, Ill. -- Navy Seaman Apprentice Alec Keck, son of Danna L. Keck and stepson of Nick Gerace, Port Byron, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 2011 graduate of Riverdale Senior High School of Port Byron.

Isabella Hamby
TACOMA, Wash. -- Army Cadet Isabella Hamby, granddaughter of Patricia Johnson, Davenport, has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Wash. She is a student at Iowa State University, Ames.

Arthur Van Houten
Air Force Col. Arthur L. Van Houten has received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award at 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom Air Force Base. Individual unit members are authorized to wear the ribbon associated with the award.
The award is presented to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.
Col. Van Houten is an individual mobilization augmentee to the director, mobility directorate assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The colonel has served in the military for 25 years
He is a 1981 graduate of United Township High School, East Moline, and received a bachelor's degree in 1987 from Iowa State University, Ames.

Andre Brooks Jr.
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Army Reserve Pvt. Andre Brooks Jr., son of Latasha Ferguson, Davenport, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.















 




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