Army Pvt. Brian N. Winters graduated from the Multiple Launch Rocket System Operations/Fire Direction Specialist Advanced Individual Training (AIT) course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The course is designed to train the students on how to record and transmit firing data, operate fire direction systems and multiple launch rocket system communication equipment. They also learn to gather operations and intelligence data, and plot that data using charts, maps and records. They learn to drive specialized vehicles, maintain and use generators, and install and maintain a wide range of communications equipment. He is the son of Troy A. Winters of Rockford, Mich., and Robin K. Winters of Cedar Springs, Mich. His wife, Brenda, is the daughter of Alan Hosmer of 104th St., Howard City, Mich. The private is a 2009 graduate of Creative Technologies Academy, Cedar Springs.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon K. Homrich recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Homrich is the son of Kenneth and Cynthia Homrich of Rockford. He graduated in 2005 from Rockford High School, and received an associate degree in 2007 from Grand Rapids Community College.
Matthew Bruce Bailey—a.k.a. Beetle Bailey—of Rockford and currently residing in Gavensvoort, N.Y., was recently promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) in a pinning ceremony at Ballston Spa, N.Y. on September 16, 2009. Bailey graduated from Rockford High School in 1999 and left shortly after for eight weeks of basic training in Great Lakes, Ill. After basic training, he was sent to Charleston, S.C. for A School/Power School, and in December 2000, he was sent to Ballston Spa for prototype instruction. In July 2001, Bailey completed his education and was sent to Kings Bay, Ga., where he served on the USS Rhode Island SSNB740(B). He served as an electrician’s mate (nuclear) for five years. In August 2007, he was sent back to Ballston Spa as a prototype instructor. While stationed in New York, Bailey was promoted to CPO after taking a 200-question exam and six weeks of intense training. Advancement to CPO not only carries requirements of time and service, superior evaluation scores and specialty examinations, but also carries an added requirement of peer review by a selection board of serving senior and master CPOs. CPOs serve a dual role as both technical experts and as leaders. Bailey’s mother, Erma, attended his pinning ceremony and had the honor of pinning him. His father is Gerald Bailey of Greenville. His brother, Nathaniel, currently resides in London, U.K., and his sister, Jenny, resides in Rockford.
Gregory J. Halmi recently graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course. Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve. Halmi is a student at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. He is the son of Thomas and Linda Halmi of Belmont, and is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School.
Air Force Airman Nicholas A. Kisielewski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of John Kisielewski of South Monroe Street, Rockford. Kisielewski is a 2008 graduate of Rockford High School. • • •