Zachary A. Chicoine is an Army ROTC cadet involved in cadet language and cultural immersion training -- his first training deployment as a cadet. After a week-long training session at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the selected cadets are deployed to partner nations where they are immersed in the local cultures and languages. The selected cadets will spend three weeks involved in assisting with current Army missions that range from helping build community projects to teaching English to local children. They are not only getting a total immersion in another culture, but are also building positive relationships and helping the people of partner nations.
Chicoine is currently a student at Iowa State University.
He is a 2013 graduate of Graettinger-Terril High School.
Navy Seaman Jesse R. Bernier, son of Philip E. Bernier of May City, Iowa, and Renee A. Bernier of Hartley, Iowa, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. During the eight-week program, Bernier 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. Bernier is a 2008 graduate of Hartley Melvin Sanborn High School.