n Navy Seaman Apprentice Laura R. Zalar, sister of Kristin A. Zalar of Aurora, has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Zalar completed a variety of training , including classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.

The capstone event of boot camp is Battle Stations, which gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Battle Stations is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Zalar is a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon.

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n Army National Guard Spec. Rachel C. Mustard has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States.

U.S. troops serve in south, southwest and central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Mustard is a motor vehicle operator assigned to the 1484th Transportation Company in North Canton. The specialist has served in the military for four years.

She is the daughter of Robert W. Mustard of Deepwoods Drive, Aurora, and sister of Jessica A. Pettit of West Idlewood Drive, Twinsburg.

She is a 2007 graduate of Christian Family School, Macedonia.