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Air Force Airman 1st Class Ian Young, son of Kasy Young of Kingsport Drive, Leesburg, is a missile maintainer serving with the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Young has yet to serve overseas but was at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina hit the area. He works on B-52 bombers, keeping them running.

Larry M. Fairchild and David M. Skelly have entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year.

Phase one involves personal in-processing, orientation and training in the fundamentals of being a cadet. Cadet trainees are prepared to adjust from civilian to military life and disciplines, and learn proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching and living quarters standards.

During phase two, cadets train outdoors living in tents while learning to function in field conditions. Cadets apply and practice team work, cohesion and learn to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault, and leadership reaction courses and participate in a rescue mission termed Operation Warrior.

Fairchild is the son of Larry and Jacqueline Fairchild of Ashburn. He is a 2003 graduate of Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn.

Skelly is the son of Elizabeth and Michael Skelly of Sterling.