The Hometown News Service of the Army and Air Force has shared with us three recent graduations which, they say, when shared with the community serves as a boost to the morale of servicemen. With that, we are pleased to share that Alex Acheson, a 2006 Big Bear High School graduate and son of Robin Acheson of Sugarloaf, has just completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Having graduated from an intensive, eight-week program, he is now Air Force Airman Alex Acheson. In January, two young men from our area completed nine weeks of basic combat training and are now graduates of the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia; those graduates are Army Private Elijah Solomon, a 2008 graduate of Chautauqua High School and brother of Jacob Solomon and Josh Mattson of Big Bear City, and Army National Guard Private Timothy Gatewood, son of Shelly Lucier of Running Springs.