Milestones for May 31, 2012 edition

May 30, 2012 

Chase McCabe Army fire support officer

1st Lt. Chase McCabe, a 2005 graduate of Yosemite High School, is now a fire support officer, Alpha Company, with the U.S. Army, responsible for the integration of fire support systems into combined maneuver operations. McCabe was deployed to Kunar, Afghanistan for a year and returned April 4. He is coming home June 2 for a short visit.

Previously, McCabe graduated from Seattle University with a degree in political science and was commissioned as a field artillery officer. He is currently stationed out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and serves with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment the "Wolfhounds."

In high school, McCabe was class president all four years and the first junior commander of the YHS Cadet Corps. His alpha company received letters from Coarsegold Elementary School students throughout the year, quilted winter hats from Unraveled Fiber & Yarn in Oakhurst, and cigars from Willow Glen Smoke Shop in Coarsegold.

Annett and Martin Fresno State grads

Michelle Annett of Bass Lake, a 2007 Yosemite High School graduate, and Susan Martin, 52, of Oakhurst received their Bachelor's of Arts degrees in communicative disorders recently from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis on speech-language pathology.

Annett is a first-generation college graduate and plans to specialize in applied behavioral analysis, working with autistic children. She and Andrew Zendner of Bass Lake will be married in July.

Martin, who graduated Summa Cum Laude, has been accepted into the Master's graduate program for speech-language pathology at Fresno State.

Her children, Marissa, a 2004 YHS graduate and a 2008 University of California, Los Angeles graduate, is a third-year student and editor-in-chief of the Law Review at the School of Law at University of California, Davis; and Owen, a 2006 YHS graduate and a 2010 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is working as an in-home counselor for foster children in San Luis Obispo.

Jordan Ramos - Sailor of the Year

First Class Petty Officer Jordan Ramos received the 2011 Sailor of the Year award for Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Ramos, a 2000 Yosemite High School graduate, entered the U.S. Navy in August, 2001. Ramos' parents are Edward and Jan Ramos of North Fork.

In 2009 he was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal in 2009 for participated in numerous volunteer programs, including at Anderson Elementary School, Guam, Island Elementary School in Lemoore and the Feed the Homeless program for St. Vincent de Paul in Hanford.

Other awards he's won include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one silver star and two gold stars), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (two bronze stars), Guam Navy League Regional Sea Sailor of the Year in 2007, and various campaign and unit awards.

After entering the Navy, Ramos completed basic training at Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. Following training, he attended Master-at-Arms "A" School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

His first duty assignment was with Commander Fleet Activities in Okinawa, Japan. He served as a patrol officer and developed White Beach Security Department's first Harbor Boat Patrol unit.

His follow-on tours include Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Seven (Mesron -7), Guam and Naval Air Station Lemoore. His operational deployments have included detainee operations onboard the USNS John Stockam in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2005, personal security detail onboard the USNS Mercy, Operation New Hope 2006 and Training Cadre for Operation Foal Eagle Korea 2007.

He was deployed as mission commander, Al Basrah Oil Terminal (Iraq 2008), Anti-Terrorism Force Protection leading petty officer for Special Operation Task Force West (Iraq 2010), and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection leading petty officer for Special Operation Task Force South East (Afghanistan 2011) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Ramos attends Ashford University, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in organizational management. He is certified as a master anti-terrorism specialist through the Anti Terrorism Accreditation Board, and is qualified as an aviation warfare specialist, surface warfare specialist and expeditionary warfare specialist.

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