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Friday, July 31, 2009

AFROTC cadets finish field training

The summer's fourth class of Air Force ROTC cadets graduated this morning at Maxwell AFB.

About 350 cadets finished their 28-day summer field training, which included two weeks at the Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The cadets received their prop and wings pins during a rainy ceremony outside Maxwell's historic headquarters building and will be considered upperclass cadets when they return to their home detachments nationwide.

See next week's Advertiser for the full story, following an Auburn University cadet through the month-long program.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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