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Military news: West grad completes boot camp

Nov. 13, 2011 at 5:13 a.m.


Joshua Allan Stoeltje graduated from boot camp on Oct. 28. He is training with the 198th Airborne Brigade at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga

Joshua is a 2011 graduate of Victoria West High School where he was a member of the varsity tennis team and was active in the criminal justice program.

He is the son of David Stoeltje of Victoria and Regina Whisenant of Marble Falls. Stoeltje is the grandson of Franklin and Annie Lois Stoeltje of Victoria.

Navy Seaman Cody A. Autry, son of Judy A. and Russell W. Autry of Victoria, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Autry is a 2011 graduate of Goliad High School of Goliad, Texas.

Army National Guard Pvt. Enrique Perez has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Perez is the son of Juanita Garza and Michael Campos Beeville, and nephew of David Garza Jr. of Victoria. He is a 2009 graduate of Memorial High School, Victoria.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Corey Lain Almaguer completed boot camp in San Diego, Ca. Almaguer completed a course in petroleum engineering in Richmond, Va. graduating second in his class and was promoted to Lance Cpl. while in Okinawa Japan. He completed his pre-deployment training in Twenty-nine Palms, Ca, and is deployed to Afghanistan with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion. He is the son of Mark and Samantha Baladez of Bloomington and the brother of Quentin Almaguer and Marc Baladez. Almaguer is the grandson of Albert and Mary Jane Escamilla.

Master Sergeant Victor Andrade, has announced his retirement from the United States Air Force, effective Feb. 1. During his 20-year career, he has served in various assignments in the European and Pacific Theaters. He also has multiple deployments to the Middle East, which include two combat tours in Iraq and support operation of Iraqi Freedom. He is completing a year-long remote assignment in the Republic of Korea. Andrade is the son of Amelia and Algjos Andrade of Refugio and is married to Kathryn Andrade. He is a 1991 graduate of Refugio High School.

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