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Hometown News: Sean Filter, Matthew Winstead, Kaitlin Costa

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Filter completes basic training Sean Filter just completed his Basic Training at the Naval Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Sean is a 2008 graduate of Colfax High School.  He will continue his advanced training in Great Lakes. Winstead done with unit training Army Pvt. Matthew A. Winstead has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox Ky., which consisted of basic military training and advanced individual training. The first nine weeks of initial entry training, or basic combat training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values. During AIT, the soldier completed the seven-week cavalry scout course. Training included subjects and instructions to operate, maintain and fire M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicles; call and adjust fire on enemy targets, recognize friendly and threat vehicles; conduct reconnaissance and security missions, perform foot patrols, conduct land navigation, locate and neutralize mines; and operate and maintain scout vehicles. He is the son of Rodney and Wendy Hollander, both of Auburn, and a 2002 graduate of Golden Sierra High School. Costa graduates from law school Auburn resident Kaitlin E. Costa was recently awarded a Juris Doctorate degree from Lincoln Law School in Sacramento. A 2002 graduate of Placer High School, Kaitlin obtained her bachelor’s degree at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is currently employed by North Fork Associates, a local planning firm, and is scheduled to take the State Bar Exam in July. Her parents are Robert and Cynthia Costa of Auburn.