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Hometown Hero

N-Hero-Wesche copyArmy National Guard Pvt. Corey L. Wesche, of Sand Lake, 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.

He is the son of Theodore and Susan Wesche of Sand Lake, and grandson of Richard and Verna Wesche of Sand Lake, and Alfred Zimmerman of Traverse City.

Wesche is a 2008 graduate of Tri County High School, Howard City, Mich.

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Air Force Airman Kimberlyn Dickerson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

N-Hometown-Hero-DickersonThe 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.

She is the daughter of Steven Dickerson of Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Dickerson is a 2009 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

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Hometown Hero

Sgt. Sean Thomas Mather, son of Jeff and Sandy Mather, will be returning home to Cedar Springs for a four week post-deployment leave mid-September.

Sean is a 2002 graduate of Cedar Spring High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 2005 and selected the Cavalry Scout as his military occupational specialty. He was deployed to Iraq in April 2006 where he was stationed at various forward operating bases south of Baghdad. His squadron was responsible for collecting information about the enemy for the brigade commanders. He conducted regular missions to identify insurgent activities, particularly those associated with enemy placement of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).  During his first tour in Iraq, Sean was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service, and for valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy force. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in an IED attack during a mission near Baghdad, where his squadron was attacked, killing one of his fellow soldiers and wounding several others.

Sgt. Sean THomas Mather

Sgt. Sean THomas Mather

In September 2008 Sean began a second deployment to Iraq where he conducted patrols and assisted in the training of Iraqi soldiers in preparation for the withdrawal of U.S. forces. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January of this year. Sean recently returned to Fort Carson, Colorado where he is enjoying spending time with his girlfriend Stephanie and is looking forward to an Elk hunting trip in Colorado. A hunting group on stickbow.com called “Leatherwall” organized the trip for returning soldiers. In January 2010, Sean will be relocating to South Korea for one year.

His parents, brothers Ryan and Ian, and their extended family are all very proud of his service and welcome friends to stop by during his vacation this month.

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