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Hometown Hero


Air Force Airman Adam J. Orlowski 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.
Orlowski is the son of Gayle Kramer of Simmons Avenue, Sand Lake.
He is a 2011 graduate of Tri County High School, Howard City.

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Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt) Shirley Mitchell (Bratcher) and Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Brian Sherman are brother and sister currently serving in the U.S. Air Force at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, MI.
SMSgt Mitchell enlisted in Nov 1991 and is assigned to the 217th Air Operations Group, Air Component Operations Squadron, Surgeon General’s Office as the Health Services Management Superintendent.  She now has 20 years of service in.
SSgt Sherman enlisted in April 2005.  SSgt Brian Sherman is assigned to the 110th Civil Engineering Squadron, Fire Operations, as a Fire Fighter. Both are graduates of Cedar Springs High School.

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Lcpl. Garry Lewis, a 2009 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, graduated in September 2009 from the Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego, California.
He will be deployed to Bahrain in the beginning of October to train with their foreign military.
Garry is the son of Eric and Tracie (Lewis) Stroh, of Spencer Township, brother of Cierra and Carissa, and grandson of James and Luania (Skip) Lewis.

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Pvt. Justin Lubben, a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, graduated on September 9 from the Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego, California.
He is now headed to Pensacola, Florida, to train to be an aircraft mechanic.
Justin is the son of Merriea and Charles Lubben, of Courtland Township.

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Pvt. Darren Link

Army Pvt. Darren Link, a 2010 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 2, 2011.
He has been assigned to Camp Casey, Seoul, Korea, for further training, as a Cavalry Scout.
Darren is the son of Mike and Tami Link, and brother of Cameron and Shelbi, all of Cedar Springs. Grandparents are James Hunt and the late Marlyn Hunt, and Carmon and Wally Porter. Great-grandparents are Mark and June Doren.

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Felicia Collins and Spc. Kyle Kelley

Spc. Kyle Kelley

Spc. Kyle Kelley, a 2005 Cedar Springs High School graduate and a 2009 graduate of Ferris State University, has completed his basic training in the U.S. Army. He received the Commanding General Award of excellence, which is the highest honor.
He will continue at Fort Leonarwood, Missouri, with his advanced training in transportation and airborne.
Felicia Collins (his significant other), parents Bob and Joyce Kelley, and his brother, Sgt. Korey Kelley (U.S. Marines), are extremely proud of him.

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Stephen J. Linderman graduated from the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Daleville, Ala., and was appointed to the rank of warrant officer one.
The student completed an intense six-week course conducted in a very demanding, rigorous, high-stressed, and deadline-required environment. The candidate received training in leadership skills, Army customs, doctrine, tradition, and tactics, drill and ceremonies, professional ethics, physical fitness, time-stress-people management skills, decision making, delegation and personnel skills, and numerous other military academic subjects. Students gain experience in leadership to attain higher responsibility while maintaining professionalism and quality work performance and standards required of career warrant officers. Additionally, candidates develop and hone skills relevant to an Army at war, skills required to effectively operate and survive on today’s ever-changing battlefield operations against global terrorism.
Warrant officers continue to further their training through technical and tactical certification. As the officers gain progressive levels of expertise and leadership, they operate, maintain, administer and manage equipment, support activities or technical systems throughout their Army career. They are highly specialized technical and training experts in their career specialties whom provide valuable skills, guidance and expertise to commanders and organizations. Warrant officers serve in the Regular Army, National Guard or Reserve to fulfill their military service obligation.
Linderman, an information systems technician with four years of military service, is regularly based out of Ann Arbor, Mich.
He is the son of Ernie and Donna Adams of Shaner Ave., Cedar Springs, Mich.
His wife, Nadia, is the daughter of Ken Andrus, and Ruth Andrus, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.
The warrant officer graduated in 1993 from Cedar Springs High School.

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Matthew P. Schneider

Matthew P. Schneider

Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew P. Schneider 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.
Schneider earned distinction as an honor graduate.
He is the son of Maxine Schneider of 16 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, Mich.
The airman graduated in 2010 from Cedar Springs High School.

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Army Pvt. Brian N. Winters graduated from the Multiple Launch Rocket System Operations/Fire Direction Specialist Advanced Individual Training (AIT) course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

The course is designed to train the students on how to record and transmit firing data, operate fire direction systems and multiple launch rocket system communication equipment.

They also learn to gather operations and intelligence data, and plot that data using charts, maps and records.  They learn to drive specialized vehicles, maintain and use generators, and install and maintain a wide range of communications equipment.

He is the son of Troy A. Winters of Rockford, Mich., and Robin K. Winters of Cedar Springs, Mich.

His wife, Brenda, is the daughter of Alan Hosmer of 104th St., Howard City, Mich.

The private is a 2009 graduate of Creative Technologies Academy, Cedar Springs.

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Army National Guard Spec. Aaron M. Burnside has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.
Burnside is the son of Kelli and stepson of John Falicki of Aveniada Drive, Cedar Springs, Mich.
He is a 2009 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

Army National Guard Spec. Aaron M. Burnside has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.

Burnside is the son of Kelli and stepson of John Falicki of Aveniada Drive, Cedar Springs, Mich.

He is a 2009 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

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