Air Force Airman First Class Paul B. Sparks graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 28. Sparks earned distinction as an honor graduate and expert marksman. He now attends the transportation school at Fort Lee, Va. He is the son of Tom and Darcy Sparks of Mill Creek and is a 2010 graduate of Henry M. Jackson High School.
Army Spec. Trevor D. Dringman has returned home after a deployment as an airborne infantryman assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years. The son of Laura Rasar of Stanwood, the specialist is a 2010 graduate of Stanwood High School.
Army Spec. Ryan M. Saluat has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas. Saluat is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has five years of military service. He is the son of Alfred Saluat and brother of Tracy Zook, both of Everett.
Army Sgt. Aaron D. Walker has returned home after deployment as an infantry team leader assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for 12 years. His wife, Briahana, is the daughter of Dennis Johnsen of Everett. The sergeant is a 2001 graduate of Everett High School.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Samantha J. Estill, daughter of Donna and Brad Estill of Clinton, recently completed basic training at Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Estill is a 2011 graduate of South Whidbey High School.
Navy Seaman Recruit Zackary D. Morgan, son of Jane and David Morgan of Mountlake Terrace, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Morgan is a 2012 graduate of Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds.
Navy Seaman Crisanthony C. Cabarubias, son of Anastacia and Crisostomo Cabarubias of Mountlake Terrace, recently completed basic training at U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Cabarubias is a 2011 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School.
Coast Guard Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Port of Everett Conference Center, 404 14th St. The group supports the Coast Guard, teaches boating safety classes and conducts free vessel examinations. Marie Porterfield, 425-629-3241, 509-949-6715 or Marie.Porterfield64@gmail.com.
Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Fleet Reserve Association unit and branch 18: Lunch noon, meeting 1 p.m. second Saturdays, 23003 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. 425-771-2774.
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
Arlington Boyer-Daniel VFW Post 1561: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. For meeting location, call 425-232-8453, 360-435-6677 or go to vfw1561.org. All veterans who have served honorably and received a combat or campaign medal are eligible to join.
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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or [URL]www.vfw8870.org.;http://www.vfw8870.org [URL]
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 Old Guard VFW Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursdays, 2711 Oaks Ave., Everett. Ladies Auxiliary 2100: 6:30 p.m. second Monday. Call 425-337-1559 or go to [/URL]www.vfwpost2100.org;http://www.vfwpost2100.org[URL].
Lynnwood VFW Post 1040: first Thursdays, Alderwood Youth Club, 19619 24th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Call Martin, 425-774-7416, or Frank, 425-697-4102.
Gold Bar Martin-Osterholtz VFW Post 9417: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. Call “Sarge” Watkins at 425-931-1638. Ladies Auxiliary: 4 p.m. first Thursdays. Call Arden King at 360-793-2786.
Oak Harbor’s Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post 7392: 360-675-4048 or go to [/URL]vfwpost7392.org;http://vfwpost7392.org[URL].
Legion Post 76: 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.
Legion Post 92: Stanwood offers prime rib dinner, 4:30 p.m., third Fridays. Legion and auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., second Mondays, 26921 88th Ave. NW, Stanwood. Service office, 360-629-8021, open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to help veterans.
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 [/URL]www.americanlegionmonroe.org;http://www.americanlegionmonroe.org.
Legion Post 6: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, the Fleet Reserve Association Club, 6802 Beverly Blvd., 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.
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.
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