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MP's father a policeman

Philip "Brandon" Williams

United States Army Private Phillip “Brandon” Williams on Jan. 19 graduated from the 787th Military Police Battalion in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. In doing so he continues a long standing tradition of law enforcement service within his family. His grandfather is a retired CHP officer, his grandmother a retired sheriff’s dispatcher, and his father, Brad Williams, is a 19-year veteran of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. Brian Williams, his uncle, also works at the police department, and yet another uncle is a correctional officer for the California Department of Corrections.

When Brandon Williams pins his badge on, however, it will not only be in the service of his own country but also for the service of those in Iraq. Williams graduated as a combat military policeman with specialties in hand-to-hand combat and winning awards for his expertise with grenades and, and marksmanship with his pistol and rifle. As a combat military policeman his primary duties are to restore order in combat zones and maintain justice for both troops and civilians.

Although Williams was part of the largest class to graduate the prestigious 787th, he was the only representative from the state of Nevada. He is a graduate of Douglas County High School and entered the U.S. Army on the delayed entry program. He has joined the 101st Airborne division at Fort Campbell, Ky., and expects to be deployed to Irag later this month. He is continuing his training in anticipation of joining the Army Special Response Team, which is the equivalent of a civilian SWAT team.

Busy carrier has local tie

Navy Seaman Devin A. Townsend, son of Marie Goldberg of South Lake Tahoe and Greg Goldberg of Santa Rosa, and his fellow shipmates returned from a scheduled deployment while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Townsend’s unit launched 10, 000 combat flights totaling nearly 30,750 flight hours and provided surveillance, reconnaissance and close air support to ground forces in Iraq. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group participated in Operation Steel Curtain and Maritime Security Operations. Operation Steel Curtain provided aerial support for U.S. Marine and Iraqi forces and prevented insurgents from entering Iraq through the Syrian border.

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MSO sets the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment and supports the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO denies international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other materials.

USS Theodore Roosevelt visited Greece, held an overnight golf tour outside Antalya, Turkey, and traveled to the ancient Ephesian ruins during a port call to Marmaris, Turkey. The Theodore Roosevelt also visited Spain, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.

Carriers like the Theodore Roosevelt are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.

Basic training complete

Matthew A. Welch, a graduate of Mount Tallac High School, completed his basic training March 3 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He is now serving his country as an airman in the United States Air Force. He is the son of DeAnna Welch of South Lake Tahoe.