Military briefs

2013-02-13T00:00:00Z Military briefs

Baxter returns from deployment

Army Spc. Alzonia Baxter III has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.  U.S. troops serve in south, southwest and central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific and Europe.

Baxter is a motor vehicle transport operator assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for five years.

He is the son of Alzonia Baxter Jr., of South Holland, and nephew of Carolyn Polk, of Chicago.

The specialist is a 2006 graduate of Corliss High School, Chicago.


Lester completes Navy training

Navy Seaman Recruit Christopher Lester, a 2011 graduate of Crete Monee High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Lester 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 also was placed on physical fitness.


Guillermo graduates from engineering course

Marine Corps Pvt. Kelsey Guillermo, a 2012 graduate of Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

During the five-week course, Guillermo received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Guillermo also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.

Guillermo joined the Marine Corps in June 2012.


Two complete basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Julia Cap and Air Force Airman Yavonda Brown 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.

Cap is the daughter of Young Grow and Jerome Cap, both of Calumet City.

She is a 2007 graduate of Thornton Fractional North High School, Calumet City. She earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from Illinois State University, Normal.

Brown is the daughter of Yolanda Brown-Jackson, of Glenwood.

She is a 2009 graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

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