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Navy Chief Petty Officer Nicole R. Ketchem, daughter of Kathleen A. and Johnny L. Ketchem of Payson, recently was promoted to her current rank while serving at Navy Regional Support Organization, San Diego.

Ketchem was promoted, based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency in her designated specialty. Ketchem is a 1997 graduate of Payson High School of Payson, Ariz. and joined the Navy in November 1997.


Army Pvt. Desiree M. Sant 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.

She is the daughter of Kevin Sant of Redwing St., Vallejo, Calif., and Marcella Garner of Payson.

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