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Hometown News: John Evans, Amanda Metzler, Benjamin Wolken, Jessica White, Jeffrey Diamond-Payne

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Evans receives Army honor Army Spec. John T. Evans has been named the Soldier of the Year for the U.S. Army Medical Command. Selection was based on the individual’s exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork, significant self-improvement, personal achievements, notable accomplishments, and community service and support. Evans, a radiology specialist, is assigned to the U.S. Medical Command, Munson Army Health Center, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kan. He has been in the military for more than two years. He is the son of Paul Evans of Applegate and Denise Evans of Auburn. The specialist is a 2006 graduate of Colfax High School. Metzler done with basic training Air Force Airman Amanda S. Metzler graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. She is the daughter of Manfred Metzler of Foresthill. Metzler is a 2009 graduate of the Horizon Charter School, Lincoln. Wolken completes basic training Private Benjamin S. Wolken, 19, a 2009 graduate of Placer High School, graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego on May 28. Private Wolken successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD, San Diego as one of 204 recruits in training platoon 1030. Following 10 days home on leave he will report to Camp Pendleton for two months of Infantry Training Battalion, then Military Occupation Specialty School. White done with basic training Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jessica L. White graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. She is the daughter of Kay and Roger White of Auburn. White is a 2005 graduate of Bear River High School. Diamond-Payne finishes training Air Force Airman Jeffrey D. Diamond-Payne graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is the son of Rick Diamond of Auburn.