In Uniform

Active Duty

The Whidbey Island-based Electronic Attack Squadron, the VAQ 134 “Garudas,” has returned after nearly six months serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Middle East. The Garudas include four EA-6B Prowlers, along with 175 air crew, maintenance and support personnel based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Returning with the squadron were 17 members of the Sea Operational Detachment from Fleet Readiness Center Northwest who provided technical support.

Army Pvt. Richard Russo graduated in May from basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. Russo continues with advanced individual training to be a signal support specialist at Fort Gordon, Ga. Russo is the son of Kimberly and Charles Thomas of Marysville and Richard and Anita Russo of Concrete. He is a 2009 graduate of Lake Stevens High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Timaima Lovodua, niece of Veniana Vasukilakeba of Everett, has completed basic training at U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Lovodua is a 2011 graduate of Mariner High School.

Air Force Airman Colton Hornback graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Hornback is the son of Lynn Hornback of Monroe. He is a 2010 graduate of Monroe High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Shamus Nolan, son of Ilsa Birmingham of Lake Forest Parkand Michael Nolan of Brier, has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Nolan is a 2011 graduate of Shorecrest High School.

Army Reserve Pfc. Ashley Bruder has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Bruder is the daughter of Liza Bruder of Garden Valley, Idaho, and sister of David Taylor of Mukilteo. She is a 2005 graduate of Mountain Cove High School in Boise.

Army Pfc. Shalin Ram has graduated from one station unit training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The instruction included basic military training and advanced individual training. Ram is the daughter of Kamlesh Lata of Everett. Her husband, Brian Riggs, is the son of Randell Riggs and Elaine Jong, both of Edmonds. Ram is a 2009 graduate of Everett High School and she earned an associate degree in 2011 from Edmonds Community College.

Marine Corps Pfc. Bernadette Gagner, a 2011 graduate of Monroe High School, recently completed 12 weeks of boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Gabriel Sampson, son of Cory Sampson of Marysville, completed basic training at U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Sampson is a 2011 graduate of Snohomish High School.

Marine Corps Pvt. Andrea Wood, daughter of Christa Wood of Arlington and Kenneth Wood of Arlington, has completed 12 weeks of basic training boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Marine Corps Pfc. Chrystle Clark, a 2010 graduate of Lakewood High School, recently completed 12 weeks of boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Navy Ensign Calvin Sessions, son of Angelita Sessions and Fred Sessions, both of Oak Harbor, has graduated from Navy Officer Candidate School and has received a commission as an ensign while assigned to Officer Training Command in Newport, R.I. Sessions is a 2001 graduate of Oak Harbor High School. He joined the Navy in February 2012. He is a 2005 graduate of Western Washington University.

Veterans Calendar

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Edmonds Post 8870 and Ladies Auxiliary: 12:30 p.m., second Fridays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Fred at 206-940-7502.

Arlington Boyer-Daniel Post 1561: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays at the Servpro office, 13421 39th Ave. NE. All veterans who have served honorably and received a combat or campaign medal are eligible to join. 425-232-8453 or 360-435-6677 or

Gay Jones Post 921 and Auxiliary: 1 p.m. third Saturdays at the Boys &Girls Club, 402 Second St., Snohomish. Most overseas veterans are eligible. Help for all veterans who need a hand up. 425-397-7111.

Everett Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursday, 2711 Oaks Ave., Everett. Ladies Auxiliary 2100: 6:30 p.m. second Monday. 425-337-1559.

Lynnwood Post 1040: First Thursdays at the Alderwood Youth Club, 19619 24th Ave. W., Lynnwood. 425-774-7416, 425-697-4102 or 425-486-2637.

Old Guard Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. last Thursday of every month at 2711 Oakes Ave., Everett. 425-252-2100.

Gold Bar Post 9417: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. Call “Sarge” Watkins, 425-931-1638. The Ladies Auxiliary: 4 p.m. first Wednesdays. Call Arden King, 360-793-2786.

American Legion

Legion Post 96: 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month at 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 Tuesday of each month at the Odd Fellows Building, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Bob, 360-863-3544 or

Legion Post 6: 7 p.m. second Thursday of every month at the VFW Hall, 2711 Oakes Ave., Everett. Marvin, 425-224-4137.

Legion Post 181: 7 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Lake Stevens Community Center, 1812 124th Ave NE. For more information, call Tom 425-314-5865, Tony 360-631-3242, or Vern 425-343-9637; email; or go to [URL];

To submit news for Active Duty and Veterans Calendar, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427

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