From the Armed Services
News and notes of servicemen and women from the Fox Valley area:
- Army Sgt. John J. Adams has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal.
The medal is awarded to those individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement or meritorious service in the performance of their duties on behalf of the Army.
Adams is a fire support specialist with the 231st Field Artillery Detachment at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
He is the son of Susan Green of Buffalo Grove and Martin Adams of Fox River Grove. The sergeant is a 1996 graduate of Cary-Grove High School.
- Air Force Airman Erin A. Beers has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, Beers 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.
Beers is the daughter of Beth Keehn of Wonder Lake and Edward Beers of Belvidere. She is a 2000 graduate of Schaumburg High School.
- Marine Corps Pvt. Kevin J. Bunge, son of Nancy Mich of Naperville and Lawrance Bunge of South Elgin, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.
Bunge successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Bunge and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Bunge 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. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
Bunge and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values - honor, courage and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
Bunge 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. …