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U.S. Air Force Airman Courtney G. Butler 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Butler is the daughter of Kelly A. and Todd D. Butler, and sister of Jonathan S. Butler and Kyle D. Butler, all of Cedar Springs, Mich.

She is a 2015 graduate of Rockford High School, Rockford, Mich.

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Greenville native supports Naval aviation modernization 


Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Corey

Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Corey

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver, Navy Office of Community Outreach  

LEMOORE, Calif. – A Greenville High School graduate and Greenville, Mich. native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP). Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Corey works as an intelligence specialist and operates out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California. Corey is responsible for updating and maintaining personnel security clearances as well as making sure that the command is adhering to physical security requirements.

“As an intelligence specialist I enjoy the knowledge that comes with my job,” Corey said. “There are so many different types of intelligence that I’m always learning new things and expanding on the knowledge I’ve already learned,” Corey said.

“Lemoore has been home to the Navy’s west coast strike fighter community since 1980, when strike fighter squadron VFA-125 was the first squadron established to train Navy and Marine Corps aviators in the F/A-18 Hornet,” said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces. The strike fighter wing, headquartered at NAS Lemoore, ensures that each squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for the Pacific Fleet.

“I like the opportunities that the command provides for professional growth,” Corey said. “The command has been very helpful with assisting in my desire to apply for an officer program.”

With the CSFWP consisting of more than 20 squadrons, highly specialized jobs range from training new aviators to maintaining airframes and engines, to handling and flying aircraft.  “Hard work is important,” Corey said. “I’ve done work that I’ve loved and I’ve done jobs that I didn’t enjoy so much. I’ve learned to push through those mental barriers to ensure mission accomplishment. I feel like there isn’t anything that I could face in the civilian world that the Navy hasn’t prepared me for.”

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Hometown Hero at work


Damage Controlman 3rd Class Joseph Flores, from Cedar Springs

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Joseph Flores, from Cedar Springs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 18, 2016) – Damage Controlman 3rd Class Joseph Flores, from Cedar Springs, Mich., conducts operational testing of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) stations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Roosevelt is underway conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment.(U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor A. Elberg/Released.)

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Hometown Hero


 

Kyle J. Cory has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich.

The new officer will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. The lieutenant will attend an officer basic course relating to his or her particular military occupational specialty/job. Afterward, the officer will complete advanced training by attending basic officer leadership courses for career progression purposes.

The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help cadets succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators, who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments. As trained problem-solvers, key influencers and planners, they are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.

Cory is the son of Sally J. Cory of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Daniel J. Cory of Cedar Springs, Mich., and brother of Kallista and Rachael Cory of Grand Rapids, Mich.

He is a 2011 graduate of Forest Hills Eastern High School, Ada, Mich.

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Hometown Hero


 

U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Elizabeth L. DeBoe 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, 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.

Deboe is the daughter of Gary and Vivian L. DeBoe of Cedar Springs, Mich. She is the sister of Norman G. Colborn and Henry DeBoe of Cedar Springs, Mich., and Felicia Holmes of Trufant, Mich.

The private graduated in 2015 from Cedar Springs High School, Cedar Springs, Mich.

This is an updated version of Pvt. DeBoe’s story.

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Hometown Hero


 

U.S. Army Pvt. Tyler J. Conaty 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, 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.

He is a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Cedar Springs, Mich.

 

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Post travels to visit Hometown Hero


N-Post-travels-Connecticut-BrooksThe Post recently traveled to Connecticut and Rhode Island with Rob and Julie Brooks, and their granddaughter Myla Johnson. The ship in the background is the retired submarine USS Nautilus at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.The trip was to visit their son, local hometown hero, Aaron Brooks. Aaron, a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs, has been stationed in Connecticut for a little over two years, and is ranked as machinist mate second class. He is currently serving on the USS Toledo SSN 769. They are set to deploy this fall.

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Hometown Hero


N-Hometown-Hero-LarsonSparta native serves at Navy missile defense base in Romania

by Lt. Cmdr. Mike Billips

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Seth Daniel Larson, from Sparta, Michigan, recently completed an assignment at Naval Support Facility Deveselu, Romania.

Larson, a 2004 graduate of Sparta High School and the son of Mike and Rhea Richardson of Sparta, served as part of the security force for the new installation, which was established in October 2014. He has served in the Navy for nine years.

NSF Deveselu is home to an Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System tenant command. Aegis Ashore is a land-based version of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System currently deployed on U.S. Navy ships, but deploys the SM-3 missile only.

Larson also attended Central Texas College. His home duty station is Naval Station Everett, Washington.

NSF Deveselu is located in south-central Romania in Olt County, near the city of Caracal. When completed, about 200 U.S. military, government employees and contractors will work at the base.

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Hometown Hero


Link-Darren2014Darren J. Link, a member of B Troop, 133rd Cavalry Unit, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, was recently promoted to Sergeant E5 in ceremonies at his present station of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

Sgt. Link has served one year in Korea, and one year in Afghanistan. He is scheduled to deploy back to Afghanistan in early February 2015.

Sgt. Link is a 2010 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He took his training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

Sgt. Link is the son of Michael and Tami Link, of Cedar Springs. His wife, Lindsay (Boughton) Link, is also from Cedar Springs. He has a brother, Cameron Link, a 2014 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, and a sister, Shelbi Link, a senior at Cedar Springs High School. Great-grandparents are Mark and June Doren, of Cedar Springs. Grandparents are Carmon and Wally Porter of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, and Jim and Rose Hunt, and the late Marlyn (Marti) Hunt, of Cedar Springs.

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Hometown Hero


Alexander Hemry

Alexander Hemry

Alexander Hemry, a graduate of Cedar Springs High School class of 2011, recently completed Basic Training at Lackland AFB. Alexander graduated as part of the 323 Squadron flight 208, on March 28 and 29. He completed his advanced training on August 28 and is now known as Airman 1st Class (A1C) Hemry. He has been assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, aboard AC-130U Spooky II Gunship and will be stationed out of Hurlburt Field, FL.

Hemry is the son of Don and Jeannine Hemry, of Cedar Springs.

The Hemry family says, “Congratulations Alexander, we are very proud of you!”

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