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IN THE SERVICE

on March 08, 2013 10:40 AM

Here's a periodic roundup of news about Indiana County area residents' accomplishments and achievements in the military service:

Craig Coursin

Marine Corps Pvt. Craig A. Coursin, son of Thersa M. Bates, of New Florence, and Craig D. Coursin, of Derry, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

For 13 weeks, Coursin 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, Coursin 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.

Coursin is a 2012 graduate of United Senior High School.

Joshua Miller

Army Spec. Joshua M. Miller 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.

Miller is a machine gunner assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years.

He is the nephew of Lori and Rickey Miller, of Homer City.

The specialist is a 2009 graduate of Homer-Center High School.

Howard Bronson Jr.

Howard D. Bronson Jr., of Creekside, was recently promoted to Petty Officer 3rd Class in the U.S. Navy.

Bronson is currently serving in San Diego as an aviation structural mechanic. When he is at sea, he serves aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

He also recently received his Naval Aviation Warfare Specialist "wings."

Bronson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard D. Bronson Sr., of Creekside; the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Haggerty, of Indiana; and the great-grandson of Anna Mae Haggerty, of Harrisburg.

He is a 2008 graduate of Marion Center Area High School.

Alec Pratt

Marine Corps Pfc. Alec J. Pratt, son of Mary A. and Richard O. Pratt, of New Florence, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

For 13 weeks, Pratt 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, Pratt 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.

He is a graduate of Laurel Valley Middle/High School.

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