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James Haskins Air Force Airman James E. Haskins graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Haskins 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. He is the son of Joseph and Diane Haskins of Gulley, Taylor. Haskins graduated in 2008 from John F. Kennedy High School, Taylor. Thomas Rickeard Air Force Airman Thomas M. Rickeard graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Rickeard 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. He is the son of Sandra Rickeard of Helen, Southgate, and Thomas Rickeard of Goodard, Lincoln Park. Rickeard graduated in 2008 from Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte. Allen Shanley Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Allen P. Shanley graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Shanley 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. Shanley earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Patrick and Diann Shanley of Murray Street, Taylor. The airman graduated in 2008 from John F. Kennedy High School, Taylor. Keith McKee Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith D. McKee has graduated from the F-16/F-117/RQ-1/CV-22 Aircraft Avionics Systems Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. The course is designed to train students to operate, check, remove, install, and maintain avionics systems using aircraft controls and displays to determine operational condition; interpret equipment operating characteristics to isolate malfunctions in systems such as attack control, radar, infrared laser, instruments, displays, flight controls, communication, navigation, identification, and defensive and offensive electronic warfare systems; uploads operational software into system components and enters maintenance data into automated and integrated systems; and performs operational checks of externally mounted electronic countermeasures equipment. He is the son of Robert K. McKee of Mortonview Drive, Taylor, and Cynthia McKee-Turner of River Park Drive, Waterford. McKee is a 2007 graduate of Southgate Anderson High School. Michael Linenfelser Michael D. Linenfelser graduated from the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Daleville, Ala., and was appointed to the rank of warrant officer one. Linenfelser completed an intense six-week course conducted in a very demanding, rigorous, high-stressed, and deadline-required environment. The candidate received training in leadership skills, Army customs, doctrine, tradition, and tactics, drill and ceremonies, professional ethics, physical fitness, time-stress-people management skills, decision making, delegation and personnel skills, and numerous other military academic subjects. Students gain experience in leadership to attain higher responsibility while maintaining professionalism and quality work performance and standards required of career warrant officers. Additionally, candidates develop and hone skills relevant to an Army at war, skills required to effectively operate and survive on today’s ever-changing battlefield operations against global terrorism. Warrant officers continue to further their training through technical and tactical certification. As the officers gain progressive levels of expertise and leadership, they operate, maintain, administer and manage equipment, support activities or technical systems throughout their Army career. Linenfelser, a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle operations technician with more than six years of military service, is regularly assigned to the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga. He is the son of Norb Linenfelser of Long Meadow Drive, Trenton, and Pat M. Barton of Willow Road, New Boston. The warrant officer graduated in 1998 from Crestwood High School.