Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen A. Karnes Jr., son of Carrie A. Ballinger of Suffolk, Va., and Stephen A. Karnes Sr. of Grass Valley, recently completed Naval Nuclear Power Training Pipeline.

During the course with Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, N.Y., Karnes received instruction about nuclear theory, chemistry, physics, reactor operations, safety and security. Upon completion of the course, Karnes qualified as a Naval nuclear operator.

Karnes is a 2008 graduate of Nevada Union High School and joined the Navy in August 2008.

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