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Military news — 5-14-12

Stover returns from Afghan deployment
Army Maj. Bryan L. Stover has returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., after being deployed to Afghanistan serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been mobilized, activated and deployed along with active duty members to support the war against global terrorism. Mission objectives encompass combating the international terrorist network or regime forces outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific and Europe.
Stover is the commander with the 312th Psychological Operations Company, Upper Marlboro, Md. He has served 14 years in the military.
He is a resident of Buck Oak Road in Lincolnton.

Bolen completes Army advanced training
Army Pvt. Jacob T. Bolen has graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
The course is designed to train servicemembers to maintain, prepare and load ammunition for firing; operate and perform operator maintenance on prime movers, self-propelled Howitzers and ammunition vehicles; store, maintain and distribute ammunition to using units as a member of battery or battalion ammunition section; perform crew maintenance and participate in organizational maintenance of weapons and related equipment; and establish and maintain radio and wire communications.
Bolen is the son of Curtis E. and Debra A. Bolen of North Aspen Street in Lincolnton.
He is a 2011 graduate of Lincolnton High School.

Mills completes Army basic combat course
Army Pvt. Dontarious D. Mills has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.
Mills is the son of Tamecka Mills of Colonial Village Drive in Lincolnton and brother of Nick Cornacchione of Berkshire Drive in Salisbury.
He is a 2011 graduate of Salisbury High School.

Holland completes Air Force basic training
Air Force Reserve Airman Lindsey R. Holland graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman 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 in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Holland is the daughter of Tammie Anaya of Little Street in Lincolnton and granddaughter of Raye Watson-Smyth of Forest Ridge Drive in Stanley.
She is a 2010 graduate of Lincolnton High School.

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