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Edited by Kay Vasilakis

Willis sweeps FallujahMarine Corps Staff Sgt. Robert W. Willis Jr., whose wife, Jolene, is the daughter of Marsha Horner of Lancaster, Calif., and Larry Amos of Silt, along with more than 2,100 Marines and Sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, recently joined the 15,000 servicemember 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 ensured that the 1st Marine Division did not have to worry about their rear supply routes and communications during the fight in Fallujah.MEUs are built around a reinforced infantry battalion, a combat service support element, a reinforced helicopter squadron and a command element.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.Just marriedDonald Christopher Worton and Alicia Berlinda Gonzalez were united in marriage in Glenwood Springs on Jan. 11.The parents of the bride are Jesus A. Gonzalez and Juanita E. Avalos Gonzalez of Chihuahua, Mexico, and Magdalena, N.M.. The parent of the groom are Doug and Sheila Worton of New Castle.Other recent marriagesErick Martinez and Illiana Patricia Alvarez, of Glenwood Springs, August 23, 2004.Juan Carlos Mendoza Garicia and Joleen Danielle Wood, of Glenwood Springs, August 23, 2004.Eduardo R. Martinez and Amelia Chavez Suarez, of Glenwood Springs, September 3, 2004.Nathan Bradley Robinson and Ashley Lynn Girvan, of Rifle, August 15, 2004.Greer inducted into Golden Key Honour SocietyDustin Robert Greer of Glenwood Springs has accepted membership in Golden Key International Honour Society and was individually honored during a recent University of Colorado, Boulder, campus ceremony.”It is only fitting that a high academic achiever like Dustin be recognized by Golden Key,” said Alexander D. Perwich II, Golden Key’s chief executive officer.Golden Key International Honour Society was founded more than 25 years ago in Atlanta and provides academic recognition to college juniors and seniors in the top 15 percent of their classes. The mission of the global, nonprofit society is to build global communities of academic achievers by providing opportunities for individual growth through leadership, career development, networking and respect.


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