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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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L.Cpl. Mark Taber Jr

L.Cpl. Mark Taber Jr., of Cedar Springs, is currently deployed with the 3/7 Weapons Company in Afghanistan.

A resident of Cedar Springs since the age of two, Mark is a homeschool graduate, and completed the law enforcement program at the Kent County Technical Center. He also enjoyed his time at Cedar Springs Public Schools while enrolled there. But it was hard to beat the experience of helping the Algoma Christian Knights basketball team to an undefeated season while enrolled there. When possible, Mark enjoys volleyball at Sparta Baptist Church and plays on the Algoma Baptist Church softball team, as well as playing guitar on ABC’s “Jam Nights.”

But as a U.S. Marine, his life is currently consumed with the defense of his country. After going through Boot Camp in San Diego, California, he went on to graduate from the School of Infantry in San Diego and Camp Pendleton, California. He then took Arabic language classes (Pashto) at San Diego State University for use on duty in Afghanistan.

Mark is qualified as a 240 Gunner, and the vehicle mounted full auto 40 MM grenade launcher, and is currently positioned as the .50 Cal. Gunner in the turret of a MATV (the HUMV’s big brother).

Mark has been given the privilege of being his platoon’s prayer leader both in California and Afghanistan.

Mark is the son of Linda Taber and Mark Taber Sr.

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Zachary D Boorsma graduated from Navy boot camp July 19, 2013, at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. He remained in Great Lakes to continue his training and just graduated from A school on November 13, 2013.  MMFR Boorsma will be stationed in Norfolk, VA and has been assigned to the USS Harry S Truman.

MMFR Boorsma, 19, is a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and the son of Dave and Kristal Boorsma, of Cedar Springs.

 

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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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Army National Guard Spec. Melissa Renucci has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, 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.

Renucci is the daughter of Brenda Harrington of Cedar Springs, Mich., and sister of Cindy Overholser of Hermitage, Tenn.

She is a 1995 graduate of Lee High School, Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

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Air Force Airman Silver D. Gonzales 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.

Gonzales is the daughter of George and Cornelia Gonzales, of Rockford. She is also the big sister to Mercedes, George, Allexis, Reese, Zoe, Tacho, Cora, Pistachio and Lillianna Gonzales, who are all very proud of her.

Gonzales is a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

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Airman 1st Class Sean G. Gorby, a 2010 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, has chosen to enlist in the USAF for 6yrs. He graduated from his basic military training on March 2, 2012 at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. He was then assigned to the position of “Materials Management” Tech School, in which he has recently graduated as TOP Grad of his class. Airman 1st Class Sean G. Gorby will be stationed overseas in June.

Sean is the son of Jeff and Debbie Gorby and has a younger brother Keegan. He is a 2010 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

“We are so proud of him!” said Debbie. “Please take a moment and pray for all our men and women of our Armed Forces and say, ‘Thank You and God bless all of you!’”

 

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First Sergeant Michael J. Poll II US Army 236th ICTC was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for service in Afghanistan 2011-2012.

Staff Sergeant Michael F. Vandenboss US Army 236th ICTC being awarded the Army Commendation medal for service in Afghanistan 2011-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Post is happy to announce the return of two good friends from Afghanistan.

First Sgt. Michael J. Poll II, and Staff Sgt. Michael F. Vandenboss, both of Sand Lake, returned home Tuesday evening, April 24. Poll, a 1989 graduate of Tri County High School was gone for four years on back to back tours, and Vandenboss was gone for a year.

“I’m hoping now to be home for a long time,” said Poll.

Poll, who served with the US Army 236th ICTC was awarded the Bronze Star medal for his service in Afghanistan in 2011-2012. Vandenboss, who also served with the US Army 236th ICTC, was awarded the Army Commendation medal for his service in Afghanistan in 2011-2012.

The two men would love to see all their family and friends, Poll said.

 

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David Lange, a 2007 Cedar Springs graduate, will be leaving for Afghanistan at the end of March, for a 9-month tour of duty.

Specialist Lange joined the Army National Guard, while still in high school, in 2007. In Dec. 2009, he went on active duty and was assigned as a Cavalry Scout to Ft. Carson, Colorado. Three months later, his unit was deployed to the Basrah region of Iraq, and returned last March. He recently received additional training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, in preparation for his Afghanistan deployment.

David will be home on leave from March 8-16, and then return to Ft. Carson to ship out. While in Afghanistan, he hopes to meet up with his best friend, Jeremy Laatz, also a 2007 CS graduate, who was deployed earlier this year.

David is the son of Dave and Cyndy Lange of Cedar Springs.

 

 

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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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