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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 NE, Marysville, Wash.

He is a 2004 graduate of M-PHS.

Aaron C. Bunn

Aaron C. Bunn graduated from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tenn., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air National Guard.

The six-week, in-resident course curriculum is designed to prepare the officer candidate for initial assignment as a commissioned officer and to serve as a foundation to build a career in the Air Force reserve components. The major subject areas of instruction for Bunn included military studies, physical training, academic studies, professional development, communicative skills, leadership and management, international security and defense studies.

After graduation, Lieutenant Bunn will either attend further career development training or return to his resident state unit of assignment.

Bunn, a C-130 aircraft pilot, is assigned to the 144th Airlift Squadron, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Anchorage, Alaska. He has served in the military for seven years.

He is the son of Cora L. Carleson of E. Broadview Ave., Wasilla, Alaska, and Keith W. Bunn of Marysville, Wash.

His wife, Lalia, is the daughter of Joe Velasquez, and Cindy Sherman, both of Palmer, Alaska.

Lieutenant Bunn graduated in 2001 from Mat-Su High School, Wasilla, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2005 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Anchorage.

Alicia M. English

Army National Guard Pvt. Alicia M. English has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, English 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.

She is the daughter of Kevin English of 130th Place NE, Marysville.

English is a 2005 graduate of M-PHS.

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.

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.

Joshua D. Nicholson

Air Force Airman Joshua D. Nicholson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, Nicholson 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 Patricia Nicholson of Seventh Place SE, Everett, Wash.

Nicholson is a 2007 graduate of Weston High School, Arlington.

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 NE, Arlington.

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.

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