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MILITARY: Mesik deployed to join fight against terrorism

First Lieutenant to serve in support of Enduring Freedom

Air Force 1st Lt. Nick L. Mesik was deployed overseas to 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.

Mesik is a munitions flight commander assigned to the 18th Munitions Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The first lieutenant has served in the military for two years.

He is the son of Shelly and Nick Mesik Sr. of Diamond.

Mesik graduated in 2006 from Naperville Central High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Pirc completes Navy basic training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Colin A. Pirc, son of Cindy E. Pirc of Coal City and Mark A. Pirc, of Rockdale, Ill., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Pirc completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise 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.      

Pirc is a 2012 graduate of Coal City High School of Coal City, Ill.

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