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Tag: people in the service

Dec.
12th

People in the service

(A look at what local service members are accomplishing in the military. If you’d like to add something, email me at scott.fontaine@thenewstribune.com.)

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.

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Nov.
4th

People in the service

(This is a periodic update of Washington folks serving across the armed forces. If you’d like to add any news — new training, a deployment, a retirement, etc. — email me at scott.fontaine@thenewstribune.com.)

olsonmugAdm. Eric T. Olson, a Tacoma native commanding U.S. Special Operations Command, recently inherited the title of “Bull Frog,” given to the sailor with the greatest amount of service following SEAL training.

Olson, a 1973 graduate of the Naval Academy, gained the title after the retirement of SEAL Capt. Pete Wikul. As a four-star admiral, Olson is the highest ranking SEAL to earn the Bull Frog title.

Marine Cpl. Timothy Lewis of Fall City just graduated from Marine Security Guard school and is now stationed in Brussels. The Marines of Marine Corps Embassy Security Group are tasked with guarding American embassies and consulates abroad.

The 4-9 Infantry's Field Trains Command Post in Baghdad
The 4-9 Infantry's Field Trains Command Post in Baghdad

Army Capt. Bud Corbin is leading the field trains command post for Fort Lewis’ 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment — a unit of 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The soldiers “are working all day and night” at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad to make sure the battalion is well-equipped, their commander said.

National Guard Pvt. Aaron Kim of Tacoma graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Kim is a 2009 graduate of Washington High School in Parkland.

James W. Goodgion of Kent graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis. Goodgion, a 2006 graduate of Kentlake High School, is a student at Missouri State University.

Army Pvt. Omar A. Cervantes of Tacoma graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Okla.

Army Reserve Pvt. Sampson I. Sneed of Federal Way graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Okla.

Army Pvt. Jason A. Dudley of Covington graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga. Dudley is a 2009 graduate of Tahoma High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Afsheen C. Saatchi of Tacoma graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Saatchi earned distinction as an honor graduate. Saatchi graduated in 2000 from Life Christian Academy in Tacoma and received an associate degree in 2004 from Pierce College.
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