Active Duty: Awards and achievements of local members of the military

Army Capt. Michael J. Kammerer has taken command of Headhunter Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry at Fort Bliss, Texas. The calvary squadron is the oldest and most decorated battalion in the Army. Kammerer is the son of Christina Kammerer of Mill Creek and Ricky Kammerer of Everett. He is a 1998 graduate of Lake Stevens High School and a 2002 graduate of the University of Washington.

Air Force Airman Anthony M. Ragland graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Michael Ragland of Arlington. Ragland graduated in 2008 from Marysville Arts And Technology High School.

Air Force Airman Curtis J. Ducken graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Ducken graduated in 2010 from Oak Harbor High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon C. Urtasun graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Frank and Christina Urtasun of Oak Harbor. Urtasun received an associate degree in 2009 from Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan P. Barnes graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Keith Barnes of Edmonds and Shurrie Barnes of Port Angeles. Barnes graduated in 2010 from Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Army National Guard Spec. Duane R. Hagins has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Hagins is the son of Ruth Hagins of Arlington.

Army Cadet Samantha R. Welch received the George C. Marshall Award during an awards ceremony at the Marshall Center, Virginia Military Institute, in Lexington, Va. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets. This is a national award and the highest award a cadet can receive. Welch is a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz. A 2007 graduate of Arlington High School, Welch is the daughter of Jim and Margaret Welch of Arlington.

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