Sirena Crowder graduates basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Sirena C. Crowder graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Crowder, daughter of David Crowder of Destin, earned distinction as an honor graduate. She is a 2007 graduate of Woodside High School, Newport News, Va., and earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 from Longwood University, Farmville, Va.

Gregory LeBrasseur returns after deployment

Army Staff Sgt. Gregory P. LeBrasseur has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

LeBrasseur, son of Mark and Laura LeBrasseur of Destin, is an electronic warfare officer assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  He has served in the military for eight years.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States.  U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.