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BUCA Justin Zunino - photo by Photo Contributed
Justin Zunino

BUCA Justin Zunino, graduated BU A School with top honors on March 4, 2009 at Naval Construction Training Command in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Justin is stationed in Gulfport and currently attached with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74. He was deployed to Afghanistan on August 7 for six months. Justin is the son of Rick and Kim Zunino of Manteca. He is a 2008 graduate of East Union High School.

Joseph I. Chinn

Air Force Airman Joseph I. Chinn 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.

He is the son of Vicki Chinn of Lathrop.

Chinn is a 2006 graduate of Sierra High School.

Aaron W. Dyke

Aaron W. Dyke has entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy.  The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year.  The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.

Phase one involves personal in-processing, orientation, and training in the fundamentals of being a cadet.  Cadet trainees are prepared to adjust from civilian to military life and disciplines, and learn proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching, and living quarters standards.

During phase two, cadets train outdoors living in tents while learning to function in field conditions.  Cadets apply and practice team work, cohesion and learn to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations.  They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault, and leadership reaction courses, and participate in a rescue mission termed Operation Warrior.

He is the son of Gregg Dyke of Manteca and grandson of Ted Dyke of Phoenix, Ariz.

Dyke is a 2009 graduate of East Union High School.

Andrew W. Macias

Navy Seaman Apprentice Andrew W. Macias, son of Jean M. and stepson of Don Tisher of Manteca recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Macias 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.

Macias is a 2009 graduate of East Union High School.

Corey N. Cass

Navy Seaman Corey N. Cass, son of Celeste Y. Cass of San Angelo, Texas and David W. Cass of Manteca and more than 300 fellow sailors aboard the guided-missle destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, recently returned from  a six-month deployment to the Fifth and Seventh Fleet areas of operation.

Chung-Hoon participated in the annual Cooperative Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2009 with the Southeast Asian nations of the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand Brunei and Indonesia. Since 1995, CARAT has provided the U.S. and its six partner nations the opportunity to strengthen relationships and enhance operational readiness through a series of bilateral exercises. Chung-Hoon sailors also had the opportunity to donate basketballs and other toys to the children of Sunbeam Place Children’s Home in Singapore during a community relations project. The children had the opportunity to tour USS Chaffe (DDG 90) the previous day.

Cass joined the Navy in February 2008.

Alexia R. Horn

Navy Reserve Seaman Recruit Alexia R. Horn, daughter of Thomas D. Horn of Manteca,  recently reported for duty at Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Virginia Beach, Va.

Horn is a 2007 graduate of Manteca High School and joined the Navy Reserve in June 2009.