Military digest 4/1

Monday, April 1, 2002

Cape native named Airman of the YearStaff Sgt. Michael G. Cook, of the 239th Combat Communications Squadron, located at Lambert International Airport at St. Louis, has been named Outstanding Airman of the Year for 2001.

Cook, a native of Cape Girardeau, graduate of Delta High School and graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in industrial technology management, enlisted in the Missouri Air National Guard 239th Combat Communications Squadron in 1997.

He has participated in numerous deployments, including Operation New Horizons, Honduras, 1999, and Operation Southern Watch, Kuwait, 2000. Cook is now assigned to the 239th Combat Communication Squadron as a shift supervisor on the Tactical Defense Message System Facility.

He recently completed his associate of science in information systems from the Community College of the Air Force.

Two complete Army basic training

Army Pvt. Donald C. Blattner has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Blattner is the son of Chris and Karen Blattner of 878 County Road 335, Jackson, Mo.

He is a 2001 graduate of Jackson High School.

Army National Guard Pvt. Manuel J. Pavon has graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

Pavon is the brother of Bernadette Pavon of 134 S. Lorimier, Cape Girardeau.

He is graduated from Jackson High School in 1999.

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