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Posted: August 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 7, 2011 1:57 a.m.

Christopher Horvet
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher T. Horvet, a 2007 graduate of Canyon High School in Canyon Country and fellow Marines of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), stationed out of Marine Air Stations Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) returned from a successful deployment in support of international training with allies and aid in humanitarian relief.

HMM-262 is a helicopter squadron whose mission is to provide assault support, transport of combat troops, raids, supplies and equipment during expeditionary, joint or combined operations. The squadron must also be ready for short notice, worldwide employment in support of Marine Air-Ground Task Force operations.

During their deployment, HMM-262 supported missions in Guam, South Korea and the Philippines where Air Combat Element joined Marine ground forces and Philippine forces.

Horvet joined the Marine Corps in May 2008.

Spencer D. Saunders
Navy Seaman Spencer D. Saunders, a 2010 graduate of West Ranch High School,  in the Santa Clarita Valley recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Saunders completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. It is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.


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