Marine Corps Pfc. Jason Varndoe recently graduated from the Bulk Fuel Specialist Course and was promoted to his current rank. He is the son of Debra Thompson of Dacula. Varndoe is a 1998 graduate of Jeff Davis High School and joined the Marine Corps in 2007.

Chad A. Gross has entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. He is the son of Jay and Jane Gross of Suwanee. Gross is a 2007 graduate of North Gwinnett High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Markevious L. Thomas, son of Synthia A. Kennebew of Lithia Springs and Zack B. Thomas of Stone Mountain, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Thomas is a 2007 graduate of Stone Mountain High School.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jonathan R. Johnson, son of Beverly Garrett of Winder and Ken Johnson of Winder, recently received a black belt in the Marine Martial Arts Program while assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161, Forward Operating Base Al Taqaddum, Iraq. Johnson is a 1999 graduate of Winder-Barrow High School and joined the Marine Corps in January 1999.

Navy Seaman Recruit Angelo S. Fanelli, son of Cindy R. and Angelo S. of Flowery Branch, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Fanelli is a 2007 graduate of West Hall High School in Oakwood.

Coast Guard Seaman Timothy P. Lemons recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. Lemons is the son of Shawnya E. Lemons of Stone Mountain and Timothy P. Lemons of Lithonia. He is a 2007 graduate of Miller Grove High School.