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Story Last modified at 12:19 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MILITARY ACHIEVEMENTS

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Miquela S. Sampson

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Kimber E. Sandback

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Marine Sgt. Bryce Temple

Miquela S. Sampson, Air National Guard Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Sampson is the daughter of Lisa Tomlinson of Eagle River and granddaughter of Elizabeth Lind of Chignik Lake. She is a 2010 graduate of Eagle River High School.

Kimber E. Sandback, Air National Guard Airman 1st Class and 2006 Chugiak High graduate, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Sandback completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Sandback earned distinction as an honor graduate. She is the daughter of Scott Sandback of Eagle River.

Marine Sgt. Bryce Temple, of Eagle River, was with the last group of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines to return on June 11 from a 6-month deployment with the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) into the Pacific. After two deployments to Iraq, and another MEU in which they provided humanitarian aide in the Philippines, they were ready for low-key. When the devastating earthquake hit Japan March 11, they left the port in Malaysia heading immediately to participate in Operation Tamodachi, where they provided humanitarian aid. Bryce was greeted by his wife, Holly, and their son, 7-month old Jameson. Additionally, family members will be arriving in California when he begins his two-week leave late this month.

Col. Hunt Kerrigan of Eagle River, recently graduated from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn. Kerrigan, his wife Stephanie and their 2-year-old son Jonathan will be returning to Eagle River this summer. Col. Kerrigan serves in the National Guard.

Jaron Sandusky, of Eagle River, recently completed his ROTC education requirements at UAA and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, entering active duty on June 6. Sandusky will attend navigator training in Pensacola, Fla.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.