August 2, 2011
Liberty grad assumes command of destroyer
Cmdr. Matthew Roberts, son of Beverley and Paul Robert, formerly of Issaquah, has assumed command of the Everett-based destroyer, USS Momsen DDG-92. A 1988 graduate of Liberty High School, Roberts was a commanding officer in Liberty’s NJROTC program.
Roberts attended the University of Arizona with a Navy ROTC scholarship and was commissioned in 1993 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He has since received his Master of Arts degree in organizational management from George Washington University and graduated from the War College at Newport, R.I., as the Halsey Scholar with a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies.
Roberts has served as a military assistant in the Bureau of African Affairs with the U.S. State Department and as a Special Assistant in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Actions Group.
July 12, 2011
Local sailor helps complete ship modernization
Navy Petty Officer Third Class Jake Swett, son of Kyong S. Swett and Tim Swett, of Maple Valley, and the crew of about 370 sailors who are home-ported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif., recently completed a 10-month shipyard availability aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, which was forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
The USS Mobile Bay is the second guided missile cruiser to undergo the most comprehensive upgrade and modernization program in Navy history.
May 10, 2011
Kyle Stubbs to graduate from Coast Guard Academy
Kyle Stubbs will graduate May 18 from the United States Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Conn., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval architecture and marine engineering and receive his commissioning as ensign in the United States Coast Guard.
The class of 2011 will have President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker.
Stubbs, a lifelong resident of Newcastle, graduated from Liberty High School in 2007. At that time, he received his appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
He is the son of Frank and Cathy Stubbs, of Newcastle; and the grandson of Geraldine Stubbs, of Newcastle, and Robert Woodey, of Sammamish.
Upon graduation, Stubbs will return to the Seattle area, where he will serve in the engineering department aboard the USCGC Mellon, a 378-foot Coast Guard cutter based in Seattle.
January 25, 2011
Local students join Army delayed entry program
The following local students joined the United States Army delayed entry program:
Americo J. Antonio, a 2010 graduate of Liberty High School, is the son of John and Michele Antonio, of Issaquah. He qualified for a $1,000 enlistment bonus and will report to Fort Sill, Okla., for basic training in April.
November 2, 2010
Justin M. Crawford completes Army basic training
Army Reserve Pfc. Justin M. Crawford, a 2010 graduate of Issaquah High School, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, Crawford, the son of Antoinette Crawford, of Issaquah, received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
October 19, 2010
Local servicemen complete basic training
Air Force Airman Jack G. Boswell, the son of Amber Cory, of Renton, and Jack Boswell, of Phoenix, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Boswell, a 2007 graduate of Apache Junction High School in Arizona, 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.
Navy Seaman Dominic A. Custer, son of Ronna J. Custer, of Issaquah, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Custer, a 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School, 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.
July 27, 2010
Issaquah resident graduates from Army basic training
Army Reserve Spec. Ihilani Powers has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, Powers studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. Powers is the daughter of Althea Dani, of Issaquah.
Powers graduated in 1996 from the Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, Hawaii, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
July 6, 2010
Issaquah grad promoted to rear admiral
Captain Brett C. Heimbigner was recently selected for rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
Heimbigner, the son of Cameron and Kris Heimbigner, of Sammamish, graduated from Issaquah High School in 1983.
Heimbigner joined the Navy immediately after graduating from the University of Washington in 1987. Over a 22-year career as an intelligence officer, he has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for more than 30 months with Special Operations Forces, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star medals.
Heimbigner is the commanding officer of the Joint Intelligence Center, Central Command, under Gen. David Petraeus, in Tampa, Fla.
Heimbigner is married with two children.
May 25, 2010
Liberty grad arrives for duty at Fort Benning
Private Emma Lorenz, of Issaquah, has arrived for duty at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
Lorenz, the daughter of Jeff and Jan Lorenz, of Issaquah, is an instructor shooter assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. A 2009 graduate of Liberty High School, Lorenz has served in the military for less than one year.