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2013-08-29T00:00:00Z Military briefs nwitimes.com
August 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Krause returns from deployment

Andrew D. Krause is a specialist in a transportation and logistics battalion. His duties are planning and coordinating movements of men and material to and from whatever area of operations he is currently assigned to. He just returned from his latest deployment to South Korea. His previous deployments were to Afghanistan, Egypt and Kuwait. He is a 10 year veteran of the U.S. Army. He graduated from Knox High School in 2004. His parents are Kathleen and Billy Berry, of North Judson. After his leave he will be assigned to Ft. Hood, Texas.

Duncan completes exercise training

Andrew J. Duncan is a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He is a one and a half year veteran and currently holds the rank of Pfc. His platoon was chosen from the division to participate in a joint training exercise in South Africa. This exercise consisted of units of the 1st Inf. division of the U.s. Army, 1st Division-U.S. Marine Corps, South African military and other support units from both countries.

The training involved two combat parachute training jumps, live fire exercises and numerous small unit tactical maneuvers. As a result of this joint venture, he and his platoon were awarded parachute wing insignia from the South African military.

Andrew is a 2007 graduate form Kouts High School and attended Purdue North Central and Grace Colleges before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He is engaged to Melanie Ohm, of Valparaiso. His parents are Wesley and Amy Duncan, of Westville, and Melissa Miller, of Valparaiso.

Higgins completes basic training

Pfc. Kyle R. Higgins graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson South Carolina. He is the son of Gary and Julie Higgins, of DeMotte. He is a graduate of Kankakee Valley High School, Wheatfield.

Berkes completes basic training

Navy Seaman Alexander D. Berkes, son of Wendy L. and Robert T. Berkes, of Crown Point,completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Berkes completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Berkes is a 2010 graduate of Crown Point High School.

Bryant completes training

Air Force Airman Kyndra J. Bryant 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.

Bryant is the daughter of Pamela Bolling, of Loganville, Ga., and Lawrence Fields, of Lynwood, Ill. She is a 2006 graduate of Grayson High School, Loganville, Ga.

Chacon stations aboard USS Rentz

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Antonio J. Chacon, son of Maria S. and Antonio Chacon, of Hobart, stationed aboard the frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46), along with embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), seized 2,123 pounds of cocaine from a fishing vessel approximately 260 nautical miles north of the Galapagos Islands.

The seizure is worth an estimated street value of $78 million. Rentz is conducting counter-transnational organized crime (C-TOC) operations as part of Operation Martillo, which began in Jan. 2012. Operation Martillo, spanish for 'hammer', targets illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus led by Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a component of U.S. Southern Command. Rentz worked closely with a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion long-range patrol aircraft operating in the region to intially detect and intercept the fishing vessel suspected of smuggling narcotics in international waters.

Chacon is a 1996 graduate of Kelvyn Park High School of Chicago, Ill.

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