Marine Corp Pfc. Brandon T. Frederick, son of Melisa M. and Timothy J. Frederick of Plattsburgh, has completed the Marine aviation maintenance administration course, Meridian, Miss. He received training on security of classified information, aeronautic technical publications and the Navy Air Lift maintenance program. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2012.
Congressman Bill Owens has nominated several area residents to military service academies. They include Matthew Miller of Plattsburgh to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Joseph Tobin of Saranac to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Army Reserve Pfc. Mackenzie J. Courson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla. She is the daughter of Doreen Courson of Keeseville and a 2011 graduate of AuSable Valley Central School, Clintonville.
Rachael Wilson of Lyon Mountain has been promoted to private, serving with the Intelligence and Sustainment Company, 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard. Promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and developmental potential. Wilson is the daughter of Amy and Richard Wilson of Route 374, Lyon Mountain and is a 2012 graduate of Northern Adirondack Central High School, Ellenburg Depot.
Three area residents have re-enlisted with the New York Army National Guard: Spec. Lance Leclair of Keene, Spec. Steven Spence of St. Regis Falls and John Postiglione of Plattsburgh, all with Company A, 2-108th Infantry.
Four area residents have earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.: Pvt. Adam C. Luxon, a 2011 graduate of AuSable Valley Central School, Clintonville; Pfc. Ian R. Jensen, a 2006 graduate of Northeastern Clinton Central School, Champlain; Pfc. Colby A. Way, a 2011 graduate of Peru Central High School; and Pfc. Steven R. Micanko, son of Michael S. Mincanko Sr. of Plattsburgh and a 2012 graduate of Peru Central High School. For 13 weeks, the recruits stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine, instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. One week prior to graduation, they endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.