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Area Residents Mark Military Service


U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Denielle C. Chapman 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Chapman is the daughter of Douglas and Sheila Chapman of Harrison. She is a 2011 graduate of Harrison High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2018 from Central Michigan University.  

Farwell Graduate Forfinski Begins Coast Guard Training

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy welcomed 284 men and women into the Class of 2023 on Day One, Monday, July 1, 2019. Of these cadets, Farwell High School graduate, Clayton Forfinski, is one of the few selected from 1,000s of applications. The United States Coast Guard Academy has an acceptance rate between 16-18% and has high expectations of character, leadership, academic, and athletic standards. Clayton was recruited for wrestling and will continue his athletics while obtaining his four-year degree and becoming commissioned as a Coast Guard officer over the course of the next 200 weeks.  Day One marks the traditional start of Swab Summer, an intense eight-week training program designed to transform civilian students into military members ready to accept the challenges that await them in their pursuit to become Coast Guard officers. In a few short hours the incoming students known as “Swabs” learn to march, are issued uniforms, and given military haircuts all under the watchful eye of the cadet cadre who serve as drill instructors for the training program. The first day of training for the incoming class culminated in the Swearing-In Ceremony where the swabs were administered the Oath of Office by Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Bill Kelly, who also had some direction for the swabs. “I challenge you to fully commit to being all in on your training and education,” Kelly said. “And when you are all in on the rigorous program that lays before you, the transformation that will take place in the 200 short weeks will ensure you are ready in all respects to live out the Coast Guard Ethos to protect, defend, save and shield our nation, its people and the environment we live in.” 

If interested in following Clayton and this increasingly competitive team, The Coast Guard Bears Wrestling can be followed through the NCAA.com website or Live Streamed through FloWresting during this next wrestling season.


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