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April 14, 2008

Air Force Airman Stephanie A. Caudle, daughter of Scott and Lisa Caudle of Boonsboro, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Caudle is a 2007 graduate of Urbana High School, Ijamsville, Md.

Air Force Airman Jason T. Jones, son of Tom and Robin Jones of Frederick, Md., graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Jones is a 2003 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick.

Army Sgt. Andrew M. Luke, son of Michael D. and Jeanne C. Luke of Mount Airy, Md., has been mobilized and activated for a future deployment to an undisclosed overseas location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Luke, a psychological operations specialist and analysis detachment superintendent, is serving in Baghdad, Iraq. He is a member of the 11th Psychological Operations Battalion based in Upper Marlboro, Md. He has served in the military for seven years.

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Luke graduated in 2001 from River Hill High School, Clarksville, Md., and received a bachelor's degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at Adelphi.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy 1st Class Cadet Stephanie Plummer was one of 220 U.S. Coast Guard Academy 1st class cadets to learn what unit they will be assigned to after graduation at billet night here March 6.

Plummer, who will earn a commission as an ensign in the Coast Guard upon graduation, will report to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Decisive homeported in Pascagoula, Miss., as a deck watch officer for her first tour of duty.

The assignment process started in February, when cadets were given a list of available billets from which to choose. A number of factors are taken into account by the detailers at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C., during the assignment process. First and foremost are the needs of the service, a cadet's major, gender constraints at a unit, a cadet's overall military precedence average and finally what a cadet put on his or her dream sheet.

This year the majority, 52 percent, of cadets received a billet that was in their top three picks. Like every other year, most of the graduating class will be headed to sea: 87 percent are assigned to afloat units, 4 percent will go to ashore units and 9 percent will go straight to flight school.

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