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Short turnaround for Olympia resident

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 19, 2008 at 4:56 pm with No Comments »
August 19, 2008 4:56 pm

Hunter Ellis joined the Washington National Guard last September. The 19-year-old Olympia resident felt the call of service – his family has a history in the military – and graduated from basic training on July 31.

Still, he wasn’t certain if he would be able to join the 81st Brigade in time for its deployment – until Monday.

"Yesterday was the first day with my unit," he said. "And I’m excited. I want to go and do my job. It’s what I was trained to do."

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