Military News

Published 9:48 am Sunday, July 14, 2013

Navy seaman recruit Caleb Schumaker, the son of Julie and Dan Schumaker of Glenville, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Schumaker completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone of boot camp is an event called Battle Stations. Battle Stations is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Schumaker is a 2012 graduate of Glenville-Emmons High School.

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Army Spec. Kyle Schulz, the son of John and Sheila Schulz of Albert Lea, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Schulz is a 2005 graduate of Ashland High School.


Air Force Col. Richard Nelson, former director of Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Supplier Operations retired on June 7 after more than 25 years of service.

In honor of Nelson’s service, airmen from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia performed a flag folding ceremony. In addition to the ceremony, Nelson was presented a Defense Meritorious Service Medal and a retirement letter signed by President Barack Obama.

Nelson plans to continue his association with the military in some capacity to support the airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines.

Nelson is a 1982 graduate of Albert Lea High School.