IN THE SERVICE
May 12, 2013 2:40 AM

Braden Laverick

CLYMER — Braden James Laverick, of Clymer, has accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Laverick is the son of Randy and DeAnna Laverick and the brother of Alaina. He was nominated for this appointment by state Rep. Mark S. Critz.

Laverick is a senior at Penns Manor High School, where he is the senior class treasurer, student council secretary, Quiz Bowl team captain, Spanish Club vice president and public relations officer for the Future Business Leaders of America.

Laverick was recently selected by Pennsylvania Football News as an All-Academic team, Class of 2013 Gold Recipient. He is on the track team and has volunteered for the American Red Cross. He is a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Clymer. His hobbies include weightlifting, traveling and hunting.

He will report to the academy for basic cadet training June 27. Laverick plans to major in computer science and would like to be a combat rescue officer.

William Stivison

Army National Guard Pvt. William R. Stivison has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system and basic first aid.

Stivison is the grandson of William Stivison, of Homer City, and brother of Glen Stivison, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

He is a 2012 graduate of Blairsville High School.

Devin Machak

Army Reserve Pvt. Devin M. Machak has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system and basic first aid.

 

Machak is the son of William Machak, of New Florence. He is also the son of Tina McChesney and stepson of Jacob McChesney, both of Bolivar.

He is a 2012 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School.

Graham Smith

HOMER CITY — Marine Corps Pfc. Graham R. Smith, son of Sharon R. and Robin L. Smith, of Homer City, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

For 13 weeks, Smith 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, Smith 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.

Smith is a 2008 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School of Indiana. He is a 2012 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Baker

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin A. Baker, son of Denise M. Wright, of Slick-ville, and Donald A. Baker, of McIntyre, along with nearly 12,000 past and current crew members, family and friends attended the recent inactivation of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

Baker is a 2009 graduate of Saltsburg High School and joined the Navy in August 2009.

Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, recently completed its 25th and final deployment and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled inactivation, held prior to the ship’s terminal offload program and subsequent decommissioning.

The inactivation ceremony was the last official public event for the ship, and served as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 sailors who served aboard.

The Chief of Naval Operations, the commander of United States Fleet Forces, nine of 23 prior commanding officers, many decorated war heroes and thousands of Enterprise veterans attended the event.

In honor of that spirit, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, in a video message played at the ceremony, announced that the name Enterprise will live on as the officially passed the name to CVN-80, the third Ford class carrier and the ninth ship in the U.S. Navy to bear the name.

A veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean and the Middle East since it was commissioned on Nov. 25, 1961, Enterprise has served in nearly every major conflict to take place during her history, from the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to six deployments in support of the Vietnam conflict through the Cold War and the Gulf Wars.

Aaron Borowitz

Army National Guard Pvt. Aaron C. Borowitz has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system and basic first aid.

Borowitz is the son of Brian and Martha Borowitz, of Indiana.

He is a 2012 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School.

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