Several local residents have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Air National Guard Airman Michael R. Akey, son of Roland and Pamela Akey of Plattsburgh and a 2010 graduate of Peru High School, earned distinction as an honor graduate; Air National Guard Airman Caitlin E. Lee, daughter of Karen Lee of West Chazy, 2002 graduate from Northern Adirondack Central School and 2007 graduate, with an associate’s degree, from North Country Community College; Airman Taylor L. Evans, daughter of Robert Evans of Plattsburgh and Ruth Duran of Sonora, Calif., a 2011 graduate of Sonora Union High School, Calif; Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jacob D. Stevenson, son of Jake Stevenson of Mineville and a 2012 graduate of Moriah Central School, Port Henry. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kasey K. Trombley, son of Karen Trombley of Mooers and Kevin Trombley of Peru and a 2009 graduate of Northeastern Clinton Central School, Champlain; and Airman Kristoffer R. Whitford, son of Brenda Whitford of Ticonderoga, a 2008 graduate of Ticonderoga High School.
Senior Airman Scott J. Powers has graduated with honors from Airman Leadership School, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The five-week course is designed to train senior airmen to understand their positions in the Air Force organizational structure, combat leadership, supervisory communications skills and profession of arms, which are needed for professional development to be effective noncommissioned officers. He is the son of Lyn M. Goldsmith and stepson of Greg Goldsmith, and son of Heather Powers and stepson of Rickie A. Powers, all of Plattsburgh.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James E. Martin, son of James Martin of Keeseville, was recently selected as Junior Snipe of the Month aboard the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall, homeported in Little Creek, Va. He was chosen as the top performer from among all the sailors assigned to the command and was cited for outstanding professional accomplishment, proficiency, leadership, initiative and military bearing.