July 15, 2014
U.S. Army Reserve Col. Arthur S. Jepsky has retired from the Army Reserve after serving honorably for 32 years.
Jepsky was last serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for Support Operations with 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), McGarity U.S. Army Reserve Center, Pa.
February 4, 2014
Local residents complete Air Force boot camp
Air Force Reserve Airmen Anthony Holmes Jr. and Jazmine Fleming graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
Holmes is the son of Leverne Holmes, of Newcastle.
January 14, 2014
Neal Robinson graduates from basic training
Air Force Airman First Class Neal Robinson, son of Marina Robinson, of Aiea, Hawaii, and Gene Robinson, of Issaquah, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
The intensive eight-week program includes military training, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
November 12, 2013
Ryan Lamm completes Army boot camp
Army Spc. Ryan Lamm, son of Ken and Bev Lamm, of Renton, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
Over the course of nine weeks, Lamm and his fellow soldiers developed basic combat skills and gained experience using various weapons.
Lamm graduated from Kettle Falls High School in Kettle Falls, and received his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Pullman in 2009.
June 11, 2013
Joshua Woods completes Army basic training
Army Pfc. Joshua M. Woods graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Woods is a 2012 graduate of Issaquah High School. He is the son of Cindy Woods, of Sammamish, and Tim Batzel, of Renton.
November 6, 2012
Tiger Mountain grad completes bootcamp
Army Pfc. Dylan T. Wilson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, Wilson studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.
Wilson, the son of Kimberly Wilson, of Issaquah, is a 2011 graduate of Tiger Mountain Community High School.
October 9, 2012
Area sailor to deploy to the Middle East
Navy Petty Officer Third Class Jake Swett, son of Kyong and Tim Swett, of Maple Valley, will deploy to the Persian Gulf region with the crew of the USS Mobile Bay, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, four months earlier than previously scheduled and help shift its destination.
The deployment, as part of the Stennis Strike Group, will help support existing naval force requirements in the Middle East and reduce the gap caused by the upcoming departure of the USS Enterprise Strike Group.
Swett joined the Navy in February 2009.
September 18, 2012
Issaquah native Thomas Timmons spends his day doing what most welders do.
He welds, grinds, brazes and fabricates different metal pieces to make something new.
The difference is that Timmons does his work aboard a mammoth aircraft carrier that is made up of 60,000 tons of structural steel and travels across the Pacific Ocean protecting the collective maritime interests of the United States and its allies.
In a call from the USS George Washington, as it traveled somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, Timmons spoke about his life on the ship.
August 28, 2012
Local woman’s daughter graduates from Army bootcamp
Army Private Gabriela Jaramillo has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, Jaramillo studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.
Jaramillo is the daughter of Mailin West Stanfel, of Issaquah, and Robert Jaramillo, of Camarillo, Calif.
She is a 2011 graduate of Quartz Hill High School, in Lancaster, Calif.
June 19, 2012
Joan Kirethi completes Navy basic training
Navy Seaman Joan Kirethi, daughter of Betty and Amos Gitonga, of Renton, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Kirethi completed a variety of training including classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.