Military News

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.

USS George Washington is Issaquah native’s ‘home away from home’

September 18, 2012

Fireman Thomas Timmons, of Issaquah, poses for a photograph in the machine shop aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). By MCSSA Brian H. Abel

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.

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Military News

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.

Military News

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.

Military News

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.

Military News

May 1, 2012

Issaquah ROTC cadet  becomes Air Force pilot

Lyle Ratcliffe

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.

Military News

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.

Military News

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.

Military News

August 2, 2011

Liberty grad assumes command of destroyer

Matthew Roberts

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.

Military News

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.

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