Air Force Captain George L. Hern, a 1993 graduate of David Anderson High School, received the prestigious award of Security Forces Company Grad Officer of the Year while stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Ga.

He was awarded his second Bronze Star following his second tour in Afghanistan. His first Bronze Star was awarded six years ago following a tour in Iraq.

He is currently being transferred to Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M., where he will serve as operations officer for 377 weapons storage security squadron.

He is the son of George and Barbara Hern, Lisbon. Hern and his wife, Adri, have one son, Christian.

Basic training

Pfc. Dustin E. Elliott of Salem, honor graduate for Platoon 1004, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, graduated Jan. 24.