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Military news: Marines graduate from basic training; band plays for Navy

10:58 PM, Jan. 30, 2013  |  Comments
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? PFC Matt Nordlund, son of Dave and Theresa Nordlund of Weston, and PFC James Riley, grandson of Joe and Karen Alore of Weston, graduated Dec. 7 from Marine Corps Basic Training in San Diego. Both received meritorious promotions to PFC for their roles as squad leaders in Bravo Company and Nordlund also earned "Top Shot" in his platoon. They are 2012 graduates of D.C. Everest High School where they were on the winning 2011-12 football team. Riley and Nordlund entered the Marine Corps together and both will be going on to Logistics training school at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to become landing support specialists.

? Navy Lt. j. g. Leah K. Jordan, daughter of Nancy and James Jordan of Weston and other fellow sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis watched the rock band Taking Back Sunday perform a concert in the ship's hangar bay while forward deployed to the 5th Fleet Area Of Responsibility. The visit gave band members a chance to experience aircraft carrier operations at sea as well as entertain sailors and thank them for their sacrifice. The John C. Carrier Stennis Strike Group, consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) are forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR to strengthen regional partnerships, sustain maritime security, and support combatant commander requirements for assets in the area.

Jordan is a 2005 graduate of D. C. Everest High School of Weston, and joined the Navy in May 2009. She is a 2009 graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

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