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Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010

Erickson joins the Air Force

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Emily Erickson

On April 9, Emily Erickson, as part of the Alaska Air National Guard graduated from the U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Upon graduation Emily was promoted to the rank of Airman First Class.

A1C Emily Erickson is in the process of completing an additional six months of technical training. The additional training will include courses such as, aircrew fundamentals, basic loadmaster, water survival, emergency parachute, combat survival, and C-17 Loadmaster and will be held at various military training bases around the nation.

Erickson is the daughter, of Larry and Rachel Erickson, and sister to Michael and Molly.

Bushon on the move

Kyle Bushon of Soldotna, is shown above second from right, with his MRAP gunner and a couple of Iraqi soldiers in this undated photo. Bushon has recently been promoted to the rank of Captain. He is currently a tank company executive officer comprised of 110 soldiers in a combined arms battalion in the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division stationed at FOB Husaniyah near Karbala, Iraq. In this assignment, Bushon is directly responsible for the health, morale, welfare, training, and professional development of headquarters soldiers. In addition, he is the officer in charge of the patrol base's Tactical Operations Center and responsible for the maintenance and operational readiness of 40 tactical vehicles, including Abrams Tanks and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

He is a 2002 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Kyle is the son of Sam and Rosemary Bushon of Soldotna and brother of Quentin, of Minneapolis.

Alexander returns

Army Staff Sgt. Clint D. Alexander has returned to Fort Richardson after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson.

The airborne brigade served in three eastern provinces of Afghanistan, which included the Paktya, Paktika and Khost. Some of the challenges the brigade soldiers faced included poverty, unemployment, security, and management of natural resources and government institutions. Soldiers improved roads, provided vocational training in construction and civics, improved and re-opened 29 schools, remodeled six medical clinics and improved three district courthouses.

Alexander, an infantryman, is a normally assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He has served in the military for more than 11 years.

He is the son of Virginia Alexander of Kenai.

His wife, Kylan, is the daughter of Allen M. Gamage of Fort Richardson.

The staff sergeant is a 1998 graduate of Chugiak High School.

Schmidt joins Air Force

Air Force Airman Stephanie L. Schmidt graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

She is the daughter of Sherry Roberts of S. Anderson Road, Inola, Okla., and Armin Schmidt of Kenai.

The airman is a 2008 graduate of Inola High School.

Hero updates

Peck checks in

Name: Christopher Lee Peck

Rank: ABH2 (AW) Aviation Boatswains mate

Service: U.S. Navy

Date Joined: 6 May 2003

Stationed: Naval base Ventura County, San Nicolas Island, Point Mugu, California.

Job: Air Terminal Supervisor

Deployment history and current location of service: USS John C. Stennis and USS Ronald Reagan, for almost seven years. Deployed three times to the Persian Gulf.

High school: Kenai Alternative High School

Graduated: May 2000

Children: Landon

Parents: Randy and June Peck

Grandparent: Nancy Peck

Siblings: Brandi, Brian, Mike and Justin



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