Military Salute


Lester Huckey

U.S. Marine Sgt. Lester L. Huckey is stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif.

The son of Judy B. and George C. Huckey of Payson, the sergeant is in criminal investigations, but is temporarily reassigned to Military Police K-9 for the High Alert Status.

Jeffery Lauderdale

Jeffery A. Lauderdale, 19, the grandson of Mindy Joslin of Payson, is with Charlie Company of 1/293 Infantry at Al Jaber Base, Kuwait.

"Dad, Mom, Chris, Grandma, Uncle Terry, Aunt Dianne and family, Uncle Mike, Aunt Serena and family miss you and are praying for you and the troops. We are so very proud of you and love you. God be with you," writes his grandmother.

Charles & Christina Voakes

PFC Charles F. Voakes and SPC Christina Voakes are the son and daughter-in-law of B.J. and Don Voakes of Strawberry.

Charles is with the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne, assigned to the 407th Forward Support Battalion. He was deployed to Kuwait City on Feb. 13, but currently his family does not know where he is.

"We are praying for you and your safe return home. We are so proud of the job you are doing over there in securing our continued freedom. We miss you lots and love you even more than that. Love, Mom & Dad," write his parents

Christina is also with the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne and is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Jeff Wells

Jeff Wells, 23, is a Navy Seabee deployed in the Middle East. He is the son of Kenny Wells of Tonto Basin, who writes, "Dear Jeff -- aka Tackleberry, We miss you very much, and you're in our every thought and prayer. We are so proud of you and can't wait for you to get home. You take care of yourself, remember you've got to beat Dad arm wrestling. Hope you get and enjoy your care packages. All your friends at home say ‘Hi' and can't wait to hang out with you. We love you very Big Man! Love, Dad, ‘Mom'nique, Candi, Chelsea, Makenna & Delaney"

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