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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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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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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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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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