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A memorial ceremony held June 22 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson honored four military policemen killed in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Joshua David Powell of Quitman,Texas, 28; Sgt. Christopher Roger Bell of Goldman, Miss., 21; Sgt. Devin Arielle Snyder of Cohocton, N.Y., 20; and Spc. Robert Lee Voakes Jr. of L'anse, Mich., 21, were killed by an improvised explosive device, June 4, in Afghanistan's Laghman Province while on patrol.

"It's shocking how happy I am," said Jan Johnson, a manpower specialist for the 673d Air Base Wing on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. "I expected to be healthier, but I didn't expect how happy it has made me."

The secret to her happiness is simple, she said — she rides her bicycle to work. Every day, rain or shine. Even in the winter.

"The bike swap got me interested," she said. °©

Army Pvt. Darrell M. Ceasar Jr. graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Ceasar is a 2010 graduate of Chugiak High School and the son of Wanda O'Neal of Eagle River.

During nine weeks of training, Ceasar studied the Army mission and received instruction and training in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

 

Trevor Stefan, of Chugiak, graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps basic training on July 1, 2011 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif.

 

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