Army Pvt. Conner R. Hamby has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia. Hamby is the son of Barry and Deb Hamby, of Martinez.
Basic training graduate
Army Pfc. Ryan P. Sanders has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army's mission, history, tradition and core values, worked on 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, the military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Sanders is the son of Paul Sanders, of Martinez. In 2004, the soldier graduated from Evans High School.
Training course graduate
Army Reserve Pvt. Jeremy J. Miskinis has graduated from the Network Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Gordon. The course is designed to train the soldier to install, operate, and perform systems maintenance on large and small electronic switches; system control centers; node management facilities; associated multiplexing and combat net radio interface equipment; short-range line-of-sight radio systems and other equipment associated with network switching operations. Miskinis is the son of David A. Miskinis, of Evans. He is a 2004 graduate of Greenbrier High School.
Basic combat graduate
Army Pfc. Heather J. Stanton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia. She is the daughter of DeEtte H. Stanton and stepdaughter of Kenneth G. Evans, of Grovetown.
Basic combat graduate
Army Reserve Pfc. Matthew S. Lowder has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia. He is the son of Claudia B. Lowder, of Warrensville, N.C., and Steve H. Lowder, of Evans. Lowder is a 1999 high school graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem.
Evans High School senior Clay Etterle has been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point class of 2009. Clay is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Etterle, of Evans, and is a four-year letterman on the Knights football team. Clay is the 18th student in 10 years to receive an appointment to the Military Academy.
Basic infantry training
Army Pvt. Ian J. Morris has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the eight weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Morris' mother is Jan Morris, of Grovetown.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. John L. Kitchens, son of Sara D. Kitchens of Martinez, has returned from a deployment to Afghanistan while assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The company was deployed as a surge force specifically for the Afghan presidential election cycle. Among other missions, Kitchens and his fellow Marines provided security to Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the first presidential elections in that country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
After the inauguration, Karzai expressed his gratitude to the Marines in Kitchens' unit by presenting them an autographed photograph. Kitchens is a 2002 graduate of Frank W. Cox High School of Virginia Beach, Va.
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