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Governor names Hancock to aeronautical boardOn Dec. 16, Gov. Bill Owens appointed Garfield County Operations Director Dale Hancock to the Colorado Aeronautical Board. The board addresses the aviation needs within the state and makes recommendations to the director of the Division of Aeronautics within the Colorado Department of Transportation. Hancock will represent local government and be one of two representatives from Western Colorado on the seven-member board.Local ties to FallujahMarine Corps Staff Sgt. Robert W. Willis Jr. and more than 2,100 Marines and sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, recently joined the 15,000-service member sweep of Fallujah, and has since committed to ensuring the security and stability in the cities Kandari and Nasar Wa Salam.Members of Willis’ unit have conducted more than 120 patrols, 13 platoon-reinforced raids and a company-reinforced search of Kandari. Most importantly, they insured the 1st Marine Division did not have to worry about its rear supply routes and communications during the fight in Fallujah.With its complement of fully integrated air and ground forces, Willis’ unit is ready to conduct real-world operations including amphibious, helicopter and boat raids, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, noncombatant evacuation operations and humanitarian assistance operations.Willis’ wife, Jolene, is the daughter of Marsha Horner of Lancaster, Calif. and Larry Amos of Silt.Willis’ wife, Jolene, is the daughter of Marsha Horner of Lancaster, Calif. and Larry Amos of Silt.

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