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The Post goes to Las Vegas


The Post traveled to Las Vegas on December 6, to celebrate Trevor and Alexander Hemry’s 21st birthdays. The brothers are graduates of the Cedar Springs High school class of 2011.

The trip consisted of two stops—The Strip, and a visit to Pawn Stars.

Trevor and Alex enjoyed the trip, as this was their first time flying. Seven other family members joined in on the fun, too. “Although the weather was in the 30s and 40s during the day, while we were there we still had fun sight seeing and participating in all of the activities Vegas has to offer,” said mom Jeanine Hemry.

One of the activities they wanted to do while in Vegas was to visit the famous Pawn Shop that is shown on the History channel. They were doing some filming at the time of their visit so they didn’t have the opportunity to meet any of the cast. They did however get a glimpse of Chumlee as he left the set.

As they prepared to return to the hotel, they were presented with an opportunity to ride in a 15-20 passenger Hummer Limousine.

This trip was special, since this was the first time all four brothers have been on a vacation together in over 10 years. “Life has a tendency to take family members down various paths and sometimes it becomes harder to get everyone together,” explained Jeanine. She said this was a trip to celebrate the milestone of turning 21 and a time of celebration as Alex is leaving in January to join the Air Force. We wish him the best! And thanks for taking the Post with you on your trip!

If readers are going on vacation, take a copy of the Post with you, snap a photo, and send it to us with some brief information to news@cedarspringspost.com.

 

 

 

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Hometown Hero


Air Force Airman Zachary T. Corcoran 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 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.

Corcoran is the son of Shawn Corcoran of Cedar Springs, Mich.

He is a 2010 graduate of East Anchorage High School, Ark.

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Hometown Hero


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Air Force Airman Samuel J. Nagy 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 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.

Nagy is the son of Richard Nagy of Newcosta Avenue, Sand Lake.

He is a 2012 graduate of Tri County High School, Howard City.

 

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Hometown Hero


Andrew T. Bouwkamp

 

Air Force Airman Andrew T. Bouwkamp graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 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.

Bouwkamp is the son of Bruce Bouwkamp and Michelle Farrell, both of Sand Lake.

He is a 2010 graduate of Grant High School.

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Hometown Hero


Air Force Airman Jacquelyn M. Champion graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 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.

Champion is the daughter of Theresa and James Champion of Pine Lake Avenue, Cedar Springs.

She is a 2010 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

 

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Hometown hero


Airman Jacquelyn M. Champion, a 2010 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, on January 13, 2012, and is now at Sheppard Air Force Base, in Texas, doing her technical school.

Jacquelyn is the daughter of Jim and Theresa Champion, of Cedar Springs.

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Airman and crew receive airmanship award


Capt. David Skelonc

A Cedar Springs man and his crewmates were recognized last week by the Eighth Air Force for their handling of an aircraft emergency.

Capt. David Skelonc, of Cedar Springs, and the crew of SLAYR 21, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., were presented with the 2010 Ira C. Eaker Outstanding Airmanship Award during an awards ceremony last Thursday, March 3, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Air Force said that Capt. Travis Thorpe, Capt. Dustin Faircloth, Capt. Phillip Demeter, Capt. Ian Barta, Capt. David Skelonc, 1st Lt. Corrine Hester and 1st Lt. Alex Brewster demonstrated outstanding airmanship while handling a significant B-52 in flight emergency on Oct. 26, 2010.

The mission occurred while deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Pacific Air Forces Command continuous bomber presence mission. On takeoff, just seconds after the aircraft had broken ground, there was a loud bang and a catastrophic failure of one of the aircraft’s engines. An engine failure at this phase of the flight is dangerous because the aircraft is at its heaviest with fuel and ordnance, is low to the ground, and has not yet accelerated to a safe cruising speed. Reacting quickly, according to their training, the crew retracted the gear, kept the flaps extended for additional lift, and started engine inoperative climb procedures to 10,000 feet.

Analyzing the situation, it soon became apparent that there was more trouble than originally thought. An additional engine had failed and the crew found themselves with two engines out on the same wing. The Andersen AFB tower relayed that there were multiple aircraft parts on the runway indicating that the engine had disintegrated. SLAYR 21’s wingman, SLAYR 22, executed a rejoin and noticed that the last one third of one of the engines was missing.

The SLAYR 21 crew then performed multiple controllability checks to determine if the aircraft could be landed. Confirming that landing the aircraft was possible, the crew then finalized coordination on the landing procedures. During the approach, the crew noticed that yet another engine was having problems in that it was unresponsive and stuck at a high-thrust takeoff power setting. The crew discontinued their approach and reentered the holding pattern to evaluate how to deal with this additional problem.

The crew then executed another controllability check to determine how the aircraft would fly with this highly asymmetrical thrust. The crew noted the controllability impacts and conducted crew resource management procedures to mitigate the landing risks and began a 20-mile approach. Noticing severe drift during landing flare that threatened to put the aircraft off of the runway, they quickly shut down the engine stuck at the high power setting. The crew completed a safe landing and stopped straight ahead on the runway, saving the B-52.

The Ira Eaker award was one of two awards given out that evening.

“We are extremely proud to extend our congratulations to all of the winners; as always the competition was tough and truly reflected the outstanding accomplishments of our maintenance professionals and the airmanship of our warriors throughout the ‘Mighty Eighth,’” said Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, Eighth Air Force commander.

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Hometown hero


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Air Force Airman Mitchell J. Phillips graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 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.
He is the son of Greg and Sue Phillips of 128th St., Sand Lake, Mich.
Phillips graduated in 2010 from Tri County High School, Howard City, Mich.

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