4/26 Military digest

Estrada
Army Spec. Nathan N. Estrada has returned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, after being deployed to Afghanistan, according to a news release from Army and Air Force Hometown News Service. A cannon crewmember with two years of military service, he is the son of Margaret Estrada and brother of Abel Estrada, both of Portales.

In Afghanistan, the soldier served as a member of Combined Joint Task Force-76 (CJTF-76), an interagency, multinational organization that is a combined and joint rotation unit supporting the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

The soldier joined other units that comprise CJTF-76 to help the Afghan people continue their progress to be a free and democratic society, the news release said.

Mission objectives of the combined joint task force included humanitarian assistance, establishing security, defeating Al-Qaida and Taliban forces, and deterring the re-emergence of terrorism.

Held
Air Force Airman Hannae E. Held has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, according to a news release from Army and Air Force Hometown News Service. The daughter of William and Tina Held of Schertz, Texas, she is the sister of Shane and Sarae Snowhill of Cannon Air Force Base.

She is a 2005 graduate of Samuel Clemens High School.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Velasquez
Air Force Airman Tyrel G. Velasquez has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, according to a news release from Army and Air Force Hometown News Service.

A 2003 graduate of River Road High School, Amarillo, he is the son of Bert Velasquez of Amarillo, and grandson of Lila Watkins of Farwell.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.