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2003-12-31 communities
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Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Rachel V. Prince has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Prince is the daughter of Wendy Prince and granddaughter of Paul Prince, both of Highway 828, Louisa.

She is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence County High School, Louisa.

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Army Pvt. Joseph A. Reed has arrived at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., to complete basic military training.

During the eight weeks of training, the trainee will receive instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history and traditions.

Reed is the son of Mary Reed of Country Place Lane, Louisa.

His wife, Stephanie, is the daughter of Daniel Spiker of Gentile Court, Alexandria, Va.

He is a 1990 graduate of Lawrence County High School, Louisa.

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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, beside 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 Afghans 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. He graduated in 1997 from Boyd County High School, Ashland, and received a bachelors degree in 2001 from Morehead State University.

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