[1] from the Armed Service

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- Air Force Airman Renise I. Anthony graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airmen studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs, and received special training in human relations.

Airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Anthony is the daughter of Renita and Keith Forbes of Carpentersville. She is a 1996 graduate of Dundee-Crown High School.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Burke recently returned to his home base of Camp Pendleton, CA, after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian oceans, serving with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embarked aboard the ships of the USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group.

During the voyage, Burke participated in bilateral training exercises with regional allies. While in the Persian Gulf, the 15th MEU's Harrier aircraft flew air interdiction and armed reconnaissance missions. The MEU also participated in Exercise Iron Magic, an ongoing bilateral exercise designed to provide increased interoperability and enhance cooperation and coordination between U.S. Central Command naval amphibious forces and the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates.

Burke also participated in Exercise Infinite Moonlight, a bilateral training exercise enhancing the interoperability between the forces of U.S. Central Command and the Royal Jordanian armed forces. Pilots from the USS Boxer also patrolled the no-fly zone over southern Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch.

Burke visited several liberty ports, including Australia, Eritrea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, where the crew enjoyed the diverse culture. While in Eritrea, Burke and fellow Marines assisted in reconstructing efforts at the town's public library.

The 1994 graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School of Hawley, Pa., joined the Marine Corps in December 1995.

He is the son of John Burke of Lake In The Hills.

- Navy Petty Officer First Class James T. Camper is in the Persian Gulf aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, the lead ship of the USS Nimitz Battle Group. The secretary of defense ordered the battle group to the area early in response to rising tensions there.

Camper is one of more than 5,000 sailors and Marines aboard the carrier who will be participating in Operation Southern Watch, which enforces the no-fly zone over southern Iraq. The USS Nimitz Battle Group is made up of 10 tactical aircraft squadrons, eight ships and two submarines.

Camper's ship, homeported in Bremerton, Wash., will shift its home to Norfolk, Va., when it finishes its deployment in March. The shift will allow USS Nimitz to undergo repairs and to refuel its nuclear reactors at Newport News Shipyard.

Camper is a 1980 graduate of Crystal Lake South High School in Crystal Lake. He joined the Navy in April 1984.

- Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Erik J. Carlson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Carlson is the son of John and Deb Carlson of Elgin. He is a 1996 graduate of Hampshire High School.

- Navy Seaman Colin R. Dawson is halfway through a five-month South American deployment aboard the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island.

Dawson is one of more than 300 sailors and 400 Marines aboard the ship. which departed its homeport of Little Creek, Va., as part of the U.S. force participating in Unitas. Twenty-five ships and a variety of aircraft from 11 countries are conducting joint exercises with forces from the U. …