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Military News for February 2013

Donnell J. Davis

Army Pvt. Donnell J. Davis has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Davis is the son of Betty and Donnell Davis Sr. of Stockbridge. He is a 2012 graduate of Heritage High School.

Kyle E. McNiel

Army Spec. Kyle E. McNiel has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

McNiel is a cavalry scout assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years. While deployed, McNiel received a Combat Action Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.

He is the son of Todd and Cathy McNiel of Conyers. The specialist is a 2008 graduate of Heritage High School.

David Raggs

Army Spec. David Raggs has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Raggs is a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years.

He is the son of Valerie Raggs-Tynes of Hampton, Va., and David Raggs of Conyers. The specialist is a 2009 graduate of Salem High School.

Kwasi M. Yankey

Army Spec. Kwasi M. Yankey has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Yankey is a supply specialist assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for one year.

He is the son of Matilda Yankey of Conyers. The specialist is a 2010 graduate of Salem High School.

Aaron C. Kizer

Army Pfc. Aaron C. Kizer has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Kizer is a gunner assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years.

He is the son of Tracy and Glen Mitts of Pensacola, Fla. The private first class is a 2010 graduate of Alcovy High School.

John G. Quinton

Army Pfc. John G. Quinton has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Quinton is a cannon crewmember assigned to the Fourth Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years.

He is the son of Traci Quinton and Bill Paulus, both of Conyers. His wife, Amanda, is the daughter of Brian and Laryssa Bixel Covington. The private first class is a 2010 graduate of Heritage High School.

Justin S. McDonald

Army 2nd Lt. Justin S. McDonald has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

McDonald is a signal and executive officer assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for three years.

He is the son of Melissa Hall of Covington, and Stacey McDonald of Oxford. The second lieutenant is a 2007 graduate of Alcovy High School. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a bachelor's degree.