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Staff Sgt. Lewis selected for Portraits in Courage Program

Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Lewis has been selected to be recognized by the Portraits in Courage Program.The Portraits in Courage program seeks to highlight the honor, valor, devotion and selfless sacrifice of America's airmen. The 10th edition of Portraits in Courage recognizes 42 ...

Fort Myers native serving at U.S. Navy missile defense facility in Romania

DEVESELU, Romania A South Fort Myers High School graduate and Fort Myers native is part of a new and unique Navy command providing critical missile defense to a large part of Europe.Seaman Robert Hampton is a master-at-arms serving at Naval Support Facility Deveselu, one of the Navy's newest ...

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U.S. Army Pvt. Chad M. BurrisU.S. Army Pvt. Chad M. Burris has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values. The soldier also received instruction and practice in physical ...

Island resident’s grandson commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps

James Ward, grandson of Pine Island resident Ron Ward, graduated from Columbia University on May 17 and was commissioned a U.S. Marine lieutenant the following day.His sister, Cassandra Ward; grandfather Ron Ward and James' father, Michael Ward, were present.James Ward was born in Fairbanks, ...

DeMattia serving with Naval Forces Central Command

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN A 2008 Bishop Verot High School graduate and Fort Myers native is a part of Naval Forces Central Command keeping watch over one of the world's most volatile regions at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert DeMattia is a intelligence ...

U.S. Air Force Airman Zackary T. Crutchley

U.S. Air Force Airman Zackary T. Crutchley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 ...

Air Force Master Sgt. Jonathan Boyce

Air Force Master Sgt. Jonathan Boyce has retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving honorably for 21 years.Boyce was last serving as C-130J Loadmaster with 714 Trs, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.He is the son of Andrea Boyce of Manchester, N.H., and brother of Jennifer Deshaies of ...

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Alyssa B. Martin

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Alyssa B. Martin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical ...

Signaling the crew

Gas Turbine System Technician 2nd Class Victor Gatjens, right, from Fort Myers, signals the completion of pumping fuel to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, on the flight deck of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS ...

2nd Lt. Sarah J. McClellan

Sarah J. McClellan has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. The academy is a four-year military institution of higher learning that develops and inspires new air and ...