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.
May 22, 2012
Issaquah resident graduates from Army boot camp
Army Reserve Pfc. William J. Borom, of Issaquah, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, Borom 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.
Borom, the son of Bill Borom, of Issaquah, is a 2011 graduate of Issaquah High School.
May 1, 2012
Issaquah ROTC cadet becomes Air Force pilot
Lyle Ratcliffe, of Issaquah, was one of 13 Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets from the Prescott, Ariz., campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to be chosen for pilot slots in the United States Air Force.
Selection criteria include a student’s pilot score, which combines the Air Force officers qualifying test, pilot and flight simulator performance and personal flight hours; ranking by the commanding officer; college grade point average; physical fitness; and a field training component.
Embry-Riddle prepares more Air Force pilots than any other source after the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Prescott campus produces more pilots than any other school or academy in the Southwest. The university currently has 419 Air Force ROTC cadets at its two residential campuses.
October 18, 2011
Issaquah grad completes Plebe Summer at academy
Navy Midshipman Joseph Tom, son of Susan and Russell Tom, of Issaquah, joined more than 900 other freshmen who recently completed Plebe Summer while attending the United States Naval Academy.
Plebe Summer is the summer training program that is required of all freshmen coming into the U.S. Naval Academy. The six-week training developed Tom morally, mentally and physically. He was also instilled with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty.
Tom, is a 2011 graduate of Issaquah High School.
October 4, 2011
Tiger Mountain graduate completes Navy boot camp
Navy Seaman Apprentice David B. Wright, a 2009 graduate of Tiger Mountain Community High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Wright completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction regarding naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
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.