Updated: December 9, 2013 10:12AM
Here is a look at what Southlanders are accomplishing in the military.
News includes Burbank, Bridgeview, Palos Hills, Oak Forest, Hazel Crest, Tinley Park, Crete, Chicago Heights, Riverdale and Harvey.
Jordan L. Wiggins graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox in Kentucky.
The son of Carolyn and Lorenzo Wiggins, of Riverdale, is a 2010 graduate of Thornton Township High School in Harvey and is a student at Chicago State University in Chicago.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Clemens, of Burbank, was presented the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor by Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of International Security Assistance Forces and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, for helping to defeat a Taliban attack on his forward operating base.
Clemens is part of the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A11, a team of approximately 20 Illinois National Guard soldiers who deployed in February with Polish forces.
Army Pvt. Joshua Zastrow graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
The son of Debbie Jean, of Bridgeview, is a 2011 graduate of Stagg High School in Palos Hills.
Army Pvt. Javier O. Barrera Jr. graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
The son of Rose Mikolajczyk and stepson of Brian Mikolajczyk, both of Oak Forest, is a 2009 graduate of Oak Forest High School.
Air Force Airman Lawrence I. Carpenter III graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.
The grandson of Lawrence Carpenter Sr. and Barbara Carpenter, of Hazel Crest, is a 2012 graduate of Tinley Park High School.
Army National Guard Pvt. Mike J. Brace graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
The brother of Matt and Emily Brace, of Palos Heights, is a 2008 graduate of Shepard High School in Palos Heights.
Army Pvt. Deon L. Sanderfer graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
Sanderfer is a 2011 graduate of Crete-Monee High School in Crete.
Army Pvt. Shawanna M. Wilburn graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
The daughter of Robert Rollins, of Killeen, Texas; and Vergia McCary, of Enterprise, Ala., is a 2006 graduate of Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights.