From the Armed Services

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News and notes of servicemen and women from the Fox Valley area:

- Marine Corps Pfc. David J. DeLong, a 2001 graduate of McHenry West Campus High School, completed the Basic Aviation Machinist's Mate Jet Engine Course.

During the course with Marine Aviation Training Support Group, Naval Air Training Command, Pensacola, Fla., DeLong received introductory instructions on the characteristics and operating principles of jet engines.

Studies included engine lubrication, ignition and fuel systems, procedures for refueling and defueling aircraft for removal and installation of aircraft engines and the operation of aircraft ground handling equipment.

- Air Force Senior Airman Bradley A. Donelson graduated from the Airman Leadership School at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz.

The training focuses on preparing and better equipping senior airmen to serve as supervisors, managers and rating officials as they progress in their enlisted military careers. The school is the first of three levels of professional military education programs used to develop and cultivate leadership and supervisory skills, and is a required course for airmen to complete prior to being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

During the five-week course, airmen learn to understand their positions in the Air Force organizational structure, leadership and communications skills, and the need for professional development to be effective noncommissioned officers.

Donelson is the son of Donald and Sandra Donelson of Algonquin. He is a 1994 graduate of H.D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin.

- Army National Guard Pvt. Micah J. Downs graduated from the automated logistical specialist advanced individual training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.

Downs was trained to establish and maintain stock records and other documents such as inventory, material control, accounting and support reports, automated and manual accounting records; review and verify bills of lading, contracts, and purchase orders; repair and construct shipping crates for equipment and supplies, and perform prescribed load and shop stock lists in manual and automated supply applications.

Downs is the son of Napoleon B. Downs of Chicago, and the brother of Sheree Downs of Crystal Lake. He is a 1997 graduate of Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School in Chicago.

- Army Reserve Pvt. Alexander E. DuBois graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. DuBois received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history and traditions.

During infantry training, DuBois developed basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced using various weapons and weapons defenses available to infantry crewmen.

DuBois is the son of Robert DuBois of Spring Grove. He is a student at Richmond-Burton Community High School in Richmond.

- Marine Corps Pfc. Ronald W. Dupree Jr. completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif. Dupree successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Dupree and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Dupree spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments that included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to- hand combat and assorted weapons training. Recruits performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Dupree and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team effort, problem solving evolution, which culminated with an emotional ceremony in which the recruits were presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and were addressed as "Marines" for the first time since boot camp began. …