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IN THE SERVICE – Armacher, Degner, Hamner, Nelson, Youngman

Navy Seaman Apprentice Ian Armacher recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., with honors.

He is the son of Amy Mohr and Ruckley Armacher of Grass Valley.

He is a 2003 graduate of Nevada Union High School.


Sgt. Eric Degner of the U.S. Marine Corps, has returned from his second tour in Iraq, seeing action in Fallujah.

This completes a 13-month tour where he worked in heavy equipment repair. He served with the 121 and the 122 Combat Support Services Battalions. He received a Navy Achievement Medal for redesigning a piece of equipment that saved the Marine Corps money and time in repairs. He is being considered for a second Navy Achievement Medal for repairing a bulldozer while in the cross-fire of insurgent and American forces. He is currently stationed in Camp Pendleton in Southern California.

He is the son of the Rev. Kurt and Becky Degner of Grass Valley.


Army Spec. Richard Hamner is one of approximately 350 soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade based at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, who will deploy to Afghanistan to serve as a member of Combined Joint Task Force-76 (CJTF-76).

CJTF-76 is a combined and joint rotation unit supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Mission objectives of the combined joint task force include establishing security, defeating Al-Qaida and Taliban forces, and deterring the re-emergence of terrorism.

Hamner, an infantryman, is the son of Richard and Eve Hamner of Nevada City.

He is a 2002 graduate of Nevada Union High School.


Air Force Airman Nicholas Nelson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

He is the son of Florence Lefrancois of Grass Valley.

Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Nevada Union High School.


Navy Airman Brandon Youngman is midway through a routine Western Pacific deployment while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, homeported in San Diego.

He is the son of Robyn and Todd Youngman of Grass Valley.

He joined the Navy in October 2003.

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