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Smith home after deployment

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Army Spec. Spencer V. Smith has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.  Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.
 
Smith is a combat medic assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  He has served in the military for three years.
 
He is the son of Bradley Smith of Auburn and Jessica Smith of Sacramento.
 
He is a 2008 graduate of Placer High School, Auburn.
 
Hall completes Naval training
Navy Seaman Recruit Lindsay M. Hall, a 2012 graduate of Golden Sierra High School, Garden Valley, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
 
During the eight-week program, Hall completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
 
The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations”. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.
 
Babcock completes Marine training
Marine Corps Pvt. Shelby L. Babcock, a 2010 graduate of Maidu High School, Auburn,, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. 
 
For 13 weeks, Babcock 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. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
 
One week prior to graduation, Babcock 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.
 
Eastman completes Aerospace course
Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Erika L. Eastman graduated from the Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.
 
The student received training in aircraft maintenance fundamentals for repairing and servicing aircraft with turbo engines; general aircraft systems, components, and airframe; use and operation of hand tools, hardware, and ancillary equipment associated with aircraft maintenance; also, maintenance management, documentation, records, security and safety were taught to assess aircraft readiness capability.
 
The graduate will proceed to Dover Air Force Base, Del., to receive follow-on apprenticeship training in the aerospace maintenance field.
Eastman is the daughter of Susan Eastman of Auburn.
 
She is a 2005 graduate of Placer High School, Auburn. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Brooks Institute, Ventura.
 
Araneta returns after deployment
Army 1st Sgt. Jan Calvin C. Araneta has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation 
Enduring Freedom.
 
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.
 
Araneta is an infantry senior sergeant assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for 18 years.
 
He is the son of Alvin and Carmencita Araneta of Lincoln, His wife, Andrea, is the daughter of Malcomb and Helen Thompson of Phenix City, Ala.
The first sergeant is a 1992 graduate of Center High School, Citrus Heights.