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  • In the service

  • Air Force Col. Michael D. Reiner has been awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, the nation's fifth-highest medal.
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  • Air Force Col. Michael D. Reiner has been awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, the nation's fifth-highest medal.
    The medal is awarded to members of all the U.S. Armed Forces for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The performance must have been such as to merit recognition of key individuals for service rendered in a clearly exceptional manner.
    Reiner is the commander of the 423rd Air Base Group assigned to the 501st Combat Support Wing at Royal Air Force Station, Alconbury, England. He has served in the military for 22 years.
    He is the son of Dale Reiner of Dalmatia, Pa., and Marje Seiler of Morris, Pa., and grandson of Ruth Davis of Medford.
    His wife, Marcie, is the daughter of Denny and Laurie Brechbill of Omaha, Neb.
    Reiner graduated in 1987 from Line Mountain High School, Herndon, Pa., and received a bachelor of science in 1991 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
    He also earned a master of arts in 1998 from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Neb.
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    Air Force Airman Cody D. Sprenger has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    Sprenger completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate's degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.
    He is the son of Jolayne Fulmer and James Sprenger, both of Central Point, and a 2011 graduate of Crater High School.
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    Air Force Airman Jerimiah J. Settle has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    Settle completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate's degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.
    He is the son of Lisa Settle of White City and a 2012 graduate of Eagle Point High School.
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    Navy Midshipman Amy L. Krick, daughter of Sandra and James Krick of Medford, recently completed 'Plebe' Summer at the U.S. Navy Academy.
    Plebe Summer began on Induction Day, June 27, and concluded after seven weeks of basic midshipman training.
    The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help "plebes" prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenges leading to graduation and commisioning as a Navy or Marine Corps Officer. Plebe Summer is run by upper-class midshipmen who are specially trained in their leadership roles to develop plebes into midshipmen.
    Plebe Summer activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills, as well as 40 training hours devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and formal parades.
    Throughout the summer, new midshipmen rapidly gain general knowledge of seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn how to use 9mm pistols and M-16 rifles.
    Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy's "plebe" or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. This year the Naval Academy received over 17,500 applications for the Class of 2017.
    Krick is a 2013 graduate of North Medford High School.
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    Air Force Airman Justin M. Cardenas has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    Cardenas completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate's degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.
    He is the son of Karen and Todd Cardenas of Medford, and a 2011 graduate of North Medford High School.
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    Army Pfc. Brenden H. Hyrst has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
    During the nine weeks of training, Hyrst studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
    He is the stepson of Iansan and Jennifer Hyrst of Medford, and a 2013 graduate of North Medford High School.
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    Air Force Airman Alex Q. Perrino has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    Perrino completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate's degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.
    He is the son of Brian Perrino of Reno, Nev., and brother of Nick Perrino of Ashland. He is a 2012 graduate of McQueen High School in Reno, Nev.
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    Sean D. Rotbart has been promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force.
    Rotbart is the chief of patient administration assigned to the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The new captain has served in the military for four years.
    He is the son of Laurie Rotbart, and grandson of Frank and Patricia Cavin all of Medford.
    He graduated in 2005 from South Medford High School, and received a bachelor of science in 2009 from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
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