Local troops in service, 4-13

Air Force Senior Airman Robert R. Purcell has deployed to Iraq to serve in support of Operation New Dawn, the formerly named Operation Iraqi Freedom. This transition signifies a formal end to U.S. military combat operations in Iraq.

Operation New Dawn shifts the U.S. emphasis from predominantly military to predominately civilian as the U.S. officials assist Iraqis in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement.

The three primary missions of U.S. Forces include advising, assisting, and training the Iraqi Security Forces; conducting partnered counterterrorism operations; and providing support to provincial reconstruction teams and civilian partners as they help build Iraq’s civil capacity.

Purcell, an air transportation apprentice with four years of military service, is regularly assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

He is the son of Laura and James Odette of 14 Mile Road, Leroy, Mich.

The senior airman graduated in 2006 from Big Rapids High School.

Army National Guard Pvt. Jacob A. Stange has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is the son of Jennie Stange of W. Todd Ave., Reed City.

Stange graduated in 2010 from Reed City High School.