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With the Military-June 30

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan J. Geisenhof, son of Gerald and Linda Geisenhof, Fort Ripley, recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Charles P. Farber, son of Terry and Bonnie Farber, Motley, recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Reserve Airman Carl P. Anderson, son of Brian Anderson, Little Falls, recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

2nd Lt. John Maattala II, son of the late U.S. Air Force MSGT John A. Maattala and Marja-Leena Maattala, was recently commissioned by his flight commander, Capt. Cesar Palacios-Maya, U.S. Air Force, at the Officer Training School Class 13-06 Graduation ceremony held at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. Lt. Maattala’s uncle Richard Maattala, Ret. U.S. Army pinned Lt. bars on Lt. Maattala. William Quinn, Ret. U.S. Air Force did the first salute. Lt. Maattala’s mother Marja-Leena, brother Richard, godmother Sirpa Quinn and aunt Carolyn Maattala attended the graduation. After graduation, Lt. Maattala reported to NAS Pensacola in Florida to attend Combat Systems Officer Training School with the 479th Flying Training Squadron.

Sarah Fairbanks, a 2013 Brainerd High School graduate, has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She will report July 1. Fairbanks will become a cadet at West Point and will study civil engineering. Upon graduation in 2017, she will be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and will serve at least five years of active duty. She is the daughter of Mike and Lynn Fairbanks of Nisswa.

Navy Cmdr. Eric L. Peterson, son of retired Army Maj. Jon and Michelle Peterson of Brainerd, recently participated in the system evaluation of a Chemically Hardened Expeditionary Medical Facility (CH EMF) at Naval Weapons Station Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, Va.

Peterson along with other active duty and Navy Reservists recently completed testing the integration of a collective protection system. With a collective protection system, an Expeditionary Medical Facility is protected against chemical, biological and radiological exposure. CH EMFs provide medical personnel the capability to operate without having to be fully outfitted in individual protective or mission oriented protective posture gear.

During the evaluation phase, medical personnel were enclosed within the facility for 72 hours. Simulated patient scenarios were conducted to provide a realistic feeling to the event.

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