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A San Marcos native is promoted to U.S. Air Force captain as an intercontinental missile operator; two U.S. Navy recruits with local ties complete basic training 

Jared Bishop

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jared Bishop (above), a San Marcos native, is a missile operator attached to the 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The squadron is the United States’ only Intercontinental Ballistic Missile training and testing squadron. It conducts an average of four test launches a year. SUBMITTED PHOTO by JONATHAN SNYDER


Casey Taylor

Seaman Casey Taylor recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

The eight-week program includes classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. Boot camp is capped by the “Battle Stations” exercise in which recruits are tested on swimming survival, teamwork and damage control.

Taylor is the son of Steve V. and Kelly J. Taylor of San Marcos. He is a 2013 graduate of Castle Rock Charter High School in Crescent City, Calif.


Daylon D. Hethcock

Seaman Daylon D. Hethcock recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

The eight-week program includes classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.

Hethcock is the son of David D. Hethcock of Kyle and Lanissa L. Coker of San Antonio. He is a 2010 graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy.

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