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Mart T. Richardson

Air Force Airman Mart T. Richardson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, Richardson studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

In addition, by completing basic training he earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Lynn and stepson of Randy Eddy of 164th St. N.W., Stanwood, Wash.

Richardson is a 2003 graduate of Lakewood High School, Arlington, Wash.

Torry J. Jennings

Army Pvt. Torry J. Jennings has graduated from Basic Combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, Jennings studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is the nephew of Debbie Gurtin of Jim Creek Road, Arlington, Wash.

Matthew B. Krell

Air Force Airman Matthew B. Krell has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, Krell studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

In addition, by completing basic training, he earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Tami Krell of 79th Drive N.E., Arlington, Wash.

Krell is a 2006 graduate of Arlington High School.

John C. Branthoover

Army National Guard Sgt. John C. Branthoover has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.

Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq’s economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq’s sovereignty and independence as a democracy.

Branthoover, a military police member with 19 years of military service, is assigned to the 40th Military Police Company, Los Alamitos, Calif.

He is the son of John M. and Eleanor E. Branthoover of Eaglefield Drive, Arlington, Wash.

Joshua J. Clifford

Air Force Cadet Joshua J. Clifford has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

The academy offers a four-year educational program of instruction and experience designed to provide cadets the knowledge and character essential for air and space leaders and the motivation to serve as Air Force career officers. The curriculum provides a balanced program of military training, academics, physical training, athletic conditioning and character and ethical development. The courses of study allow cadets to acquire a broad education in the basic and engineering sciences, social sciences, the humanities, including additional elective courses needed to complete requirements for one of 25 major areas of study.

The new lieutenants go on to serve as pilots, navigators, engineers, maintenance officers, professionals in various management and technical fields and some attend medical or graduate school with special scholarships, while others go directly to non-rated Air Force-wide assignments.

Clifford received a degree in management at the academy.

The new lieutenant is the son of Bob and Jean Clifford of 132nd Place N.E., Marysville, Wash.

He is a 2004 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville.

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