Education

South Sound Military for March 21

GRADUATES

Air Force Airman Christina L. West graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. She is the daughter of Francis West of Happy Valley, Ore., and Tracy Tittle of Belfair.

Air Force Airman Kevin A. Freiheit graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is the son of Tina Freiheit of Olympia.

AWARDS

Air Force Maj. Susan M. Von Eicken has been named Air Force Mental Health Nurse of the Year. She is currently deployed with the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group in Southwest Asia serving as a contingency aeromedical staging facility mental health nurse.

She is the daughter of Mary F. Dowling of Tenino, and the sister of Bonnie Pollard of Yelm and Laura Dowling of Alexandria, Va.

Von Eicken graduated in 1980 from W.F. West High School in Chehalis, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

The Air Force Academy recognized Master Sgt. Lissy Slezak, a senior noncommissioned officer, as one of its best during an annual awards ceremony recently. Slezak was named the Academy’s 2009 Honor Guard Senior NCO of the Year. She is assigned to the 70th Flying Training Squadron at the Academy, and she is the daughter of Gloribel and Gary Leonard of Olympia.

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