Locals in Service

News, information & recognition of our locals the serve our great country!

To add someone to this page, please send information and, if available, a photograph, to Don Niccum at don.niccum@noalmark.com

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan W. Vanover graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  Vanover is the son of Brenda A. Tanguma and Rudolf J. Castrillo of Roswell, N.M.  He is a 2017 graduate of Vicenza American High School, New York, N.Y.

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The Country Giant would like to congratulate our local young people who have been nominated to attend the United States Service Academies:

To the United States Air Force Academy;  Corde Mailman of Clovis

To the United States Military Academy at West Point:  Travis Alarcon of Roswell and Cameron Kuykendall of Clovis

To the United States Naval Academy:  Brenden Strickland of Hobbs and Landry Truex of Portales

To the United States Merchant Marine Academy:  Megan Edwards of Clovis

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U.S. Air Force Airman Christopher A. Garcia graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  Garcia is the grandson of Erlinda Garcia of Alamogordo, N.M.  He is a 2017 graduate of Travis Education Center, Fairfield, Calif.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Michael A. Bentley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  Bentley is the son of Kenneth Bentley and Linda R. Bentley and grandson of Flora and Carlos Munoz, all of Alamogordo, N.M.  He is a 2016 graduate of Alamogordo High School, Alamogordo, N.M.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Miranda K. Encinias graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  Encinias is the daughter of Antonia and Stephen Schaubroeck and granddaughter of Ellen and Maurice Schaubroeck of Russellville, Ark., and granddaughter of Skippy Encinias of Portales, N.M. She is also the sister of Mathew Encinias.  The airman is a 2014 graduate of Russellville High School, Russellville, Ark.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Brandon R. Navarette graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  Navarette is the son of Belinda and Richard Navarette of Hobbs, N.M.  He is a 2016 graduate of Hobbs High School, Hobbs, N.M.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Andrew J. Montano graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  He is a 2016 graduate of Alamogordo High School, Alamogordo, N.M.

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nicholas-jacob-e4844a0f-572e-4620-b254-86c7ccacf71cU.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob R. Nicholas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  Nicholas earned distinction as an honor graduate.  He is the son of Katrina C. Nicholas of Cloudcroft, N.M., and Edward N. Nicholas of Palestine, Texas.  The airman is a 2015 graduate of Palestine High School, Palestine, Texas. He earned an associate degree in 2016 from El Paso Community College, El Paso, Texas.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Sheridan L. Stone graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  Stone is the daughter of Darby Simpson- Lucas of Carlsbad, N.M., step-daughter of Gregg Lucas of Carlsbad, N.M., and niece of Lacey Wallis and Tory Simpson of Hermiston, Ore.  She graduated in 2016 from Echo High School, Echo, Ore.

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161201-N-IE397-069 RED SEA (Dec. 1, 2016) Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Wiggs, from Roswell, N.M., left, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Wayne Kirkfield, from French Settlement, La., prepare to remove an engine from an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its carrier strike group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher A. Michaels)

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RED SEA (Dec. 1, 2016) Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Wiggs, from Roswell, N.M., left, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Wayne Kirkfield, from French Settlement, La., prepare to remove an engine from an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its carrier strike group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher A. Michaels)

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US Air Force Airman Simon Casas Jr. has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Airman Casas 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 also earn four credits toward an Associates in Applied Science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.  Airman Casas is the son of Lupita Garcia and Simon Casas and is the grandson of Margerita Rede, all of Lovington, NM.  Airman Casas is a 2013 graduate of Lovington High School, Lovington, NM

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US Air Force Airman First Class Michael D Bradley has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  Airman Bradley completed a course of study 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 receive four credits toward an Associates in Applied Science Degree from the Community College of the Air Force.  Airman Bradley is the son of Julia and David Bradley of Hobbs, NM.  He is the brother of Brandi Espinoza of San Angelo, TX and Denise Dellinges.  He is married to Jenny Bradley.  He is a 2011 graduate of Hobbs High School.