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Locals advance military careers

POSTED: February 20, 2007 5:06 a.m.
Four area young people have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas:
• Air Force Airman Janet J. Alvarado, the daughter of Edwin and Luz Alvarado of Hinesville. She is a 2006 graduate of Bradwell Institute.
• Air Force Airman 1st Class Carmen E. Lopez-Torres, the daughter of Martha Torres of Hinesville. Lopez-Torres is also a 2006 graduate of Bradwell.
• Air Force Airman Andrew Smith, the son of Charles and Keiko Smith of Hinesville. He is a 2005 graduate of BI.
• Air Force Airman Cesar A. Valdez, the son of Rafael Valdez of Fort Gordon, and Xenia Valdez of Hinesville. He is a 2005 graduate of the Academy of Richmond in Augusta.
During the six weeks of training, the airmen studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

David P. Goode has been selected for promotion to major in the U.S. Air Force.
Goode, an operations officer, is assigned to the 388th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. He has served in the military for 12 years.
He is the son of Freddie L. and Janis M. Goode of Ludowici. His wife, Kristyn, is the daughter of Frederick and Christine Milwer of Las Vegas, Nev.
In 1990, Goode graduated from Long County High School, Ludowici. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998 from the University of Georgia. He earned a master’s degree in 2002 from Auburn University, Ala.

Two young women from Liberty County have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
• Army Pfc. Keona D. Lampkin is the daughter of Doris Lampkin of Hinesville and is a 2005 graduate of Liberty County High School.
• Army Pfc. Shemisha S. Miller is the daughter of Stephanie Miller and granddaughter of Modie Miller, both of Fleming. She is also a 2005 graduate of Liberty County High School.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Charlie E. Ward Jr. graduated from the Communications Signal Intelligence Production Apprentice Course at the Navy Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla.
The course is designed to train students in teleprinter and special electronic typewriter principles and fundamentals used in unclassified and classified communications operations.  Training subjects include radio wave transmission and reception, antenna set up and frequency range specifications, network operating procedures, interpreting and analyzing communications, principles of security, and learning to use the International Morse Code.
He is the son of Charles E. Ward Sr. of Lawton, Okla., and Connielynn L. Watson of Hinesville. The airman is a 2001 graduate of Lawton Senior High School.
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