Army Pfc. Gurnesh G. Chetty has received the Army Commendation Medal for participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Chetty is a member of a convoy security strike team with two years of military service. He is the son of Roattan and Saras Chetty of Mountlake Terrace.
Army Pfc. Simon P. Ssaaka has graduated from basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. Ssaaka is the son of Harriet Ssaaka of Mukilteo. He is a 2002 graduate of Kamiak High School and received an associate degree in 2004 from the University of Washington.
Air Force Airman Heather A. Farris has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Farris is the daughter of Julie Farris of Arlington. She is a 2004 graduate of Lakewood High School.
Army Pfc. Glenn Jornales has graduated from basic training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Jornales is the son of Nilo Jornales of Oak Harbor. He is a 2000 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, and received an associate degree in 2002 from ITT Technical Institute.
Army Pvt. Jeffrey A. Lillard has graduated from basic training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Lillard is the son of Mike Lillard of Snohomish.
Pfc. Ben Williams has graduated from basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. He is the son of Tom and Camille Williams of Everett. Williams is a 2004 graduate of Henry M. Jackson High School in Everett.
Midshipman Benjamin Mathias of Lynnwood was one of 193 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy students who marched in the inaugural parade for President Bush on Jan. 20. Mathias was nominated to the Academy by former Sen. Slade Gorton and Rep. Jay Inslee. Mathias is a graduate of Archbishop Thomas Murphy High School.
Army Spc. Michael C. Forbes has graduated from basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Bruce and Gayle Forbes of Langley. Forbes is a 1999 graduate of South Whidbey High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Pacific Lutheran University.
Army Pvt. Skye C. Sutphin has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Sutphin’s parents are Mollie Kerr and Neil Sutphin, both of Edmonds. Sutphin is a 2004 graduate of Best High School in Kirkland.
Army Reserve Pfc. Arlen V. Duncan III has graduated from basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. Duncan is the son of Arlen Duncan II of Snohomish and Judy McCarthy of Murray, Utah. He is a 2002 graduate of Cedarcrest High School and received an associate degree in 2003 from Bellevue Community College.