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.
Airman 1st Class Christopher M. Betters has graduated from the Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice (jet engine) Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. He is the son of Mark and Elke Better of Stillwater, a 2005 graduate of Stillwater High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Army Cadet Brennan P. Thierry has received the George C. Marshall Award during an awards ceremony at the Marshall Center, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior Army ROTC cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities or colleges. A student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, Thierry is the son of Robert Thierry of Moriah Center and Laura Thierry of Watervliet. He graduated in 2009 from Moriah Central School, Port Henry.
Army National Guard Pfc. Jesse A. Montanye has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Peter and Carol Montanye of Chestertown and a 2010 graduate of Newcomb Central High School.
Three area residents have graduated from Air National Guard training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas: Airman 1st Class Katelyn E. D’Antonio, Airman 1st Class Mallory A. Sudduth and Airman Nathan F. Thibodeau. D’Antonio is the daughter of Geraldine D’Antonio of Cadyville and received an associate’s degree from Clinton Community College, Plattsburgh, in 2011. Sudduth, the daughter of Nicole Sudduth of Westport and granddaughter of Ann Sudduth of Watertown, graduated in 2012 from Westport Central School. Thibodeau is the son of John and Pam Thibodeau of Mooers and a graduate of Northeastern Clinton Central School, Champlain.