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PVT. CALEB GULICK graduated from basic training at Parris Island, S.C., United States Marine Corps. Gulick will be deployed to Camp Lejuene, N.C. He is the son of Buck and Kate Gulick and the brother of Erik, all of Prestonsburg. He is a 2003 graduate of Prestonsburg High School.

Army 1st Lt. Jason R. McKenzie has returned to the U.S. from Kabul, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of Task Force Phoenix.

Task Force Phoenix is a multinational team formed to train, mentor and assist the Afghanistan National Army to be a strong, effective mission-ready Central Corps. Members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces who, besides fighting the war against terrorism, also prepare the Afghan nationals to defend their country against terrorist threats and acts.

U.S. military members focus on training Afghan nationals in basic infantry training skills and combat tactics. Training includes check point operations, cordon and search, patrolling, security, and setting up blockade positions. Trainers embedded within Afghan light infantry and armor and mechanized infantry brigades instruct Afghan corps soldiers to fight and lead their units into battle and be effective quick reaction force team members.

The lieutenant, a supply platoon leader with five years of military service, is normally assigned to the 210th Forward Support Battalion at Fort Drum, Watertown, N.Y.

McKenzie is the son of Richard L. McKenzie of Donithon Road, Louisa., and Linda L. Shelton of Dalton Court, Catlettsburg.

McKenzie graduated in 1997 from Boyd County High School, Ashland, and received a bachelor's degree in 2001 from Morehead State University.

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