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May 03, 2009

Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua A. Keyfauver, son of Warren and Kellin Keyfauver of Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Keyfauver earned distinction as an honor graduate.




Army Reserve Pvt. Ashley M. Crist, daughter of Carolyn and Jeff Crist of Hagerstown, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Crist is a 2005 graduate of Clear Spring High School.




Navy Seaman Recruit Zacharia K. Bowman, son of Debbie J. and Kenneth L. Bowman of Hancock, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Bowman is a 2007 graduate of Hancock Middle-Senior High School.




Navy Seaman Recruit Matthew W. Hough, son of Edith M. and William R. Hough of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

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Hough is a 2001 graduate of Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.




Navy Seaman Recruit Eric W. Thompson, son of Janet L. and Jay F. Thompson of Waynesboro, Pa., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.




Navy Seaman Recruit Tobias M. Richardson, a 2008 graduate of Williamsport High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.




Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Michael C. Hourahan, son of Debbie K. Ball of Knoxville, Md., graduated from the U.S. Army Air Assault School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and earned the honor of wearing the Air Assault Badge.

The 10-day course of instruction focuses on combat assault operations involving Army helicopter warfare operations associated with hands-on, performance-oriented training. The training includes a nine-station obstacle course, a 2-mile run in Army boots, and phases in combat assault operations, sling-load rigging and inspection of prepared lift loads and tower and helicopter rappelling fast rope operations. Students are familiarized with the capabilities, knowledge and recognition of Army helicopters, aircraft, airborne and airmobile operations, set up of parachute and landing zones, safety procedures, and aeromedical evacuation operations.

Students must complete a 12-mile foot march in three hours or less wearing the prescribed uniform with weapon, equipment and a 30-pound backpack. The foot march is a graded task and a graduation requirement of the air assault course, designed to test strength, stamina and endurance.

Hourahan, an information management office supervisor and signal support systems specialist, is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 312th Regiment, at Fort Meade, Md.

Hourahan graduated in 1995 from Walkersville High School in Walkersville, Md.

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