Airman Ryfiak graduates basic training

Air Force Airman Brandon M. Ryfiak graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman 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 […]

“The Moving Wall” Vietnam memorial comes to Sparta

Attention veterans! A call to action. Please stand for those who have fallen.   The Moving Wall is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for almost thirty years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of “The Wall.” […]

EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast takes to the air for National Air Tour

‘Mission’ flights, ground tours in historic WWII bomber available The Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast, returns to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on August 16, 17 and 18. Known as the “Flying Fortress,” the B17 is one of the best-known military aircraft of the World War II era. The Aluminum Overcast […]

Rockford graduate, Corey Waite, earns title “U.S. Marine”

Area native Private Corey Waite, 18, earned the title “U.S. Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego, CA, on June 28, 2013. Waite enters into a proud, lifelong brotherhood composed of the select few men and women who have earned their place in the Corps’ ranks. Putting his recruit’s honor, courage […]

Rockford student earns Howe School leadership award

The Howe School (formerly Howe Military School) has announced that Cadet Brandon Leisure has won the National Sojourners JROTC award for Americanism. The award recognizes a third year JROTC cadet who has encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed or conduct, has demonstrated a potential for outstanding leadership, and ranks in the top […]