Air Force Airman First Class Benjamin J. Siege has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, he studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies, performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Geoff Siege of China Grove.
Siege graduated in 1998 from South Rowan High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 2005 from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Colonel Paul H. Turney recently became the first Army lawyer to win the Presidential Service Badge for service in support of the White House Military Office.
In a recent ceremony in the East Wing of the White House, Colonel Turney, the General Counsel to the White House Military Office, received the award from the director, WHMO.
Turney, the son of the late Dr. Charles Turney and Ruth F. Turney of Salisbury, was promoted in January to the rank of colonel. He is married to Beth Alfonsi Turney, daughter of Tiberio and Monica Alfonsi, also of Salisbury, and has three sons, Isaac, Elias and Aaron.
Turney, a graduate of Salisbury High School, Wake Forest University and Wake Forest University School of Law, has served for the past 19 years as an active duty Army officer o the Judge Advocate Generals Corps.
Petty Officer Third Class James T. Sloan was recently advanced to Petty Officer Second Class on board USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
He was also nominated and selected as the second quarter (April to June 2007) Blue Jacket of the Quarter for USS Blue Ridge.
Petty Officer Sloan is a resident of Salisbury, currently stationed in Japan.