Four service members with local ties recently returned from an eight-month deployment with the USS Iwo Jima while assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit: Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan Stemen, Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Costa, Marine Corps 1st Lt. Eric Piper and Navy Hospitalman Kevin Markley.
Stemen is the son of Charlene Stemen of Lincoln, Calif., and Scott Stemen of Snohomish.
Costa is the son of Karen and Howard Costa of Lake Stevens. He graduated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in 2001.
Piper is the son of Connie and Dean Piper of Oak Harbor, and is a 1991 graduate of Oak Harbor High School.
Markley is a 2001 graduate of Stanwood High School.
Navy Seaman Recruit Deanna Harmon, daughter of Jon Harmon of Snohomish and Deborah Carlile of Yakima, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Seaman Recruit Alexander Bobinger, son of Martin Bobinger of Snohomish, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Chief Petty Officer William McAlister, son of Judy and Mike Fink of Darrington, was recently selected for promotion to chief petty officer while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.
Marine Corps Pvt. Eric Bilkovich, son of Connie Bilkovich of Mukilteo, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.
Marine Corps Pvt. Samnang Heng, son of Toeum Heng of Everett, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.