Navy Petty Officer First Class Justin Culver of Lynnwood retires this week after 11 years as a Navy diver. He spent 10 years as a commercial diver and then, a week after Sept. 11, 2001, he joined the Navy. In boot camp, he was told that, at 31 years old, he was too old to be a diver. Refusing to give up, he was granted an age waiver and accepted to the dive program in Panama City, Fla. Culver’s first duty station was with the mobile dive salvage unit in San Diego. From there he was transferred to the Naval Station Everett’s dive locker. After two years in Hawaii with the SEAL vehicle team, he moved back to Everett. Culver served as the motorcycle safety coordinator at each command and was involved in other volunteer projects. He is husband to Sandra and father to Jessica and Hermosa.
Army Pvt. Michael G. Normand has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Normand is the son of Gregory and Adrianna Normand of Marysville. He is a 2008 graduate of Lake Stevens High School.
Army Spec. Marlon J. Wood has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Wood is the son of Richard Wood of Tampa, Fla., and nephew of Pete Silva of Brier. He is a 2002 graduate of Hillsborough High School in Tampa. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from the University of Washington.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeramey Reamer graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Reamer is the son of Kelly Neville of Atlantic Beach, Fla., and William Reamer of Mount Pleasant, S.C. He is a 2003 graduate of Kamiak High School in Mukilteo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville.
Air Force Airman Jeffrey A. Ketelsen graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Ketelsen is the son of Jeffrey Ketelsen of Granite Falls. He is a 2011 graduate of Granite Falls High School.
Navy Seaman Recruit John Mark G. Abides, son of John and stepson of Hermie Abides of Oak Harbor, recently completed basic training at U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Abides is a 2008 graduate of Hilltop High School of Chula Vista, Calif.
Army Cadet Blake Alvin McPherson, whose parents live in Arlington, has completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy. McPherson entered West Point on July 2 for training and then began classes Aug. 20. McPherson graduated from Arlington High School. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2016, when he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Navy Seaman Apprentice John Steven M. Diaz, son of Corizon and Marlito Diaz of Everett, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Seaman Kris A. Angell, son of Becky and Shawn Angell of Everett, recently graduated from Quartermaster “A” School, and earned honors as a distinguished military graduate in his class at the Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit in Great Lakes, Ill. Angell is a 2011 graduate of Mariner High School. and joined the Navy in March 2012.
Army National Guard Pvt. Peter A. Carbone has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Carbone is the son of Peter Carbone of Middleburg, Fla. He is a 2010 graduate of Oak Harbor High School.
Army Spec. Kyle T. Connelly has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Connelly is the son of Kevin and Deborah Connelly of Fayetteville, Ga. He is a 2003 graduate of Henry M. Jackson High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
A group of veterans of wars in foreign lands (not associated with VFW) meets at 1 p.m., second Wednesdays, Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard, Everett. Call Ernie at 425-512-9786 or the senior center at 257-8780.
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 12: 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. All veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call Keith Reyes, 360-631-4467, or Phil Sacks, 425-741-7311.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Sultan VFW Post 2554 and Ladies Auxiliary: 7:30 p.m., second Thursdays, United Methodist Church, 211 Birch Ave., Sultan. Call 360-793-1879 or 360-793-3296.
Monroe VFW Post 7511: Noon, second Thursdays, IOOF Hall, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Call Ken, 425-315-3509.
Edmonds VFW Post 8870 and Ladies Auxiliary: Lunch at 11:45 a.m., meeting at 12:30 p.m. second Fridays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Call Fred at 206-940-7502, go to www.vfw8870.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arlington Boyer-Daniel VFW Post 1561: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. For meeting location, call 425-232-8453, 360-435-6677 or go to http://vfw1561.org. All veterans who have served honorably and received a combat or campaign medal are eligible to join.
Snohomish Gay Jones VFW Post 921 and Auxiliary: 1 p.m. third Saturdays, Boys &Girls Club, 402 Second St., Snohomish. Most overseas veterans are eligible. Help for all veterans who need a hand up. Call 425-397-7111.
Everett VFW Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursday, 2711 Oaks Ave., Everett. Ladies Auxiliary 2100: 6:30 p.m. second Monday. Call 425-337-1559 or go to www.vfwpost2100.org.
Lynnwood VFW Post 1040: first Thursdays, Alderwood Youth Club, 19619 24th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Call Martin, 425-774-7416, or Frank, 425-697-4102.
Old Guard VFW Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, 2711 Oakes Ave., Everett. Call 425-252-2100.
Gold Bar VFW Post 9417: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. Call “Sarge” Watkins at 425-931-1638. Ladies Auxiliary: 4 p.m. first Wednesdays. Call Arden King at 360-793-2786.
Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post 7392: 360-675-4048 or go to http://vfwpost7392.org.
Legion Post 66: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Call John, 425-743-7430
Legion Post 96: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Legion Hall, 1201 First St., Snohomish. Call 360-568-5340. Post 96 is raising funds for a large mural created by David Hose.
Legion Post 58: 7 p.m. third Tuesdays, Odd Fellows Building, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Call Bob at 360-863-3544 or go to www.americanlegionmonroe.org.
Legion Post 6: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, VFW Hall, 2711 Oakes Ave., Everett. Call Marvin at 425-224-4137.
Legion Post 181: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Lake Stevens Community Center, 1812 124th Ave NE. Call Tom at 425-314-5865, Tony at 360-631-3242, or Vern at 425-343-9637; email email@example.com; or go to [URL]www.post181.org;http://www.post181.org.
Legion Post 178: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Legion Hall, 2nd Street and Cedar Avenue NE, Marysville. Social hour at 6 p.m. Call Jeremiah at 253-405-8175 or Lett at 425-220-4940.
Arlington American Legion Auxiliary breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., first Saturdays, 115 N. Olympic Ave. Cost is $5. Proceeds benefit veterans. Call 360-435-2492
To submit news for this column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427