Fucci receives military honor
Former Nikiski resident Cpl. Neil Fucci recently was named Marine of the Year at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, Calif.
He is in the military police with the K-9 unit and serves as the chief trainer and dog handler for the Base Provost Marshal's office. His partner is a bomb dog named Rambo.
During his career, Fucci has received commendations for the support he gave to the Secret Service with missions including the Republican Convention and also was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter in 2004.
He wife, Zara ,works at the base library and attends college.
He will deploy to Iraq for six months beginning Feb. 28.
Neil is the son of Mark and Jackie Fucci and Zara is the daughter of Jim and Teri Durant, all of Nikiski.
The couple are 2002 graduates of Nikiski High School.
Huguelet graduates college
Former Kenai resident Donna Ann Huguelet recently graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., with a master's of arts in education degree.
Ship checks out
Navy Chief Warrant Officer Charles F. Tinsley and shipmates recently completed a series of sea trials, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk on forward deployment to Yokosuka, Japan.
The sea trials ended a four-month ship's restricted availability for Tinsley's unit. The sea trials ensured Kitty Hawk can maneuver and maintain high speeds. The ship also tested many of its self-defense systems.
He is the son of Ella A. Mc Fetridge of Soldotna and Charles Tinsley Jr. of Mesa, Wash.
Tinsley is a 1978 graduate of Wallowa High School of Wallowa, Ore. and joined the Navy in Jan. 1984.
Todd deploys to Caribbean
Navy Seaman Tim Z. Todd recently deployed to the Caribbean while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
Todd and his shipmates will participate in New Horizons, a humanitarian assistance exercise in Haiti. The two-month exercise will support the rebuilding of schools and wells and provide medical support to the victims of Hurricane Jeanne. Elements of the Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group also will conduct maritime interdiction operations training and multinational exercises with Marines from Honduras and Columbia.
He is the son of Connie S. Todd of Soldotna
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