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Military Newsmakers

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

Inaugural duty

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Army National Guard Capt. Ernest F. Polk III participated in the 56th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20 as part of the largest ever contingent of National Guard members to serve in Washington, D.C. Polk, an aircraft power train repairer, is a member of the 171st Ground Support Aviation Brigade based in Marietta, Ga. He has served in the military for 10 years. He is the son of Ernest F. Polk and stepson of Nancy L. McNair, both of Grovetown.

Training graduates

Army Pfc. Brittney N. Banks has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Banks earned distinction as an honor graduate. She is the daughter of Joe Banks of Harlem, and a 2008 graduate of Harlem High School.

Marshall W. Wish has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. He is the son of Warner L. and Karen W. Wish of Martinez, and a 2003 graduate of Lakeside High School.

Coast Guard Seaman Jonathan E. Bullock , a 1999 graduate of Westside High School, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J.

Coast Guard Fireman Apprentice Anthony R. Estrada , son of Larry A. Estrada of Martinez, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J. Estrada is a 2008 graduate of Evans High School.

Army Pvt. Stanley Price has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Price is the son of Ronald and Sylvia Collins of Grovetown.

Army Pvt. Troy D. Mitchell Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Vivian Turner of Grovetown.

Navy Seaman Brian D. Oakley , son of Corrie R. Devries of Grovetown, and Brian D. Oakley of Grovetown, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Oakley is a 2007 graduate of Harlem High School.

Navy Seaman John Ballard , son of Elizabeth H. and Daniel C. Ballard of Evans, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Ballard is a 2003 graduate of Lakeside High School.



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