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National Guard Col. Kenneth L. Hegtvedt graduated from the U.S. Army War College Department of Distance Education program at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. The college is the Army’s senior educational institution.
Hegtvedt serves as a chaplain with I Corps at Fort Lewis. A Bellingham native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1974 from Western Washington University, In 1978, he earned a master’s degree from Western Theological Seminary in Portland in 1978. He also earned a doctorate from California Graduate School of Theology in 1998 and an additional master’s degree from the Naval War College in 1995.
Airman Jared S. Henden of Allyn graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is a 2009 graduate of North Mason High School in, Belfair.
Ensign Christopher A. Cochran of Kent has entered into the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Md., as a first-year medical student of a four-year program. The student will be trained and prepared to serve as a physician in the Army, Navy, Air Force or the Public Health Service. He graduated in 1992 from Kent-Meridian Senior High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 1998 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
Eric C. Madarang of Lacey graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, at Fort Lewis.
Army Reserve Pvt. Daniel J. Nieman of Yeln graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla. He is a 2009 graduate of Yelm High School.
Army Reserve Pvt. Andrew D. Smith of Yelm graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla. He is a 2009 graduate of Yelm High School.