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October 27, 2010 - Logan G. Mancini of Ortonville has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Michigan Army National Guard.

Mancini is an unmanned aerial vehicle operator, with the Lansing-based Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion. He has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for 3 years.

Mancini attended basic training in 2007, at Fort Jackson, S.C. He also attended the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations Course in 2008, at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

During his military career, Mancini has received numerous awards including the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, and the Aviation Badge.

In civilian life, Mancini is working towards a degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University.

He is the son of Lou and Lori Mancini of Ortonville.

Navy Seaman Joshua D. Severeide recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, the 2008 Brandon High School graduate completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Severeide is the son of Kathryn J. Lozier of Ortonville and Douglas F. Severeide of Cana, Va.

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