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Michael S. Patzkowski has graduated from the Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. The graduate was promoted to the rank of captain and commissioned as a U.S. Army Corps officer.

The university is the Department of Defense's military school of medicine, which educates students for direct accession in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Public Health Science. At the school, students complete a four-year course of study to be a military physician. The curriculum includes extra hours in epidemiology, health promotion, disease prevention, tropical medicine, leadership and field exercises, medical effects of weapons of mass destruction, and other subjects related to the military medical career field.

The Uniformed Services University is the nation's only fully accredited federal school of medicine and graduate school of nursing, and has a worldwide reputation as a center of excellence for military medical education and research.

He is the son of Elmer C. and Rosemary Patzkowski of Elberon Ave., Hawthorne, N.J.

His wife, Jeanne, is the daughter of Gerald P. and Bonnie M. Cameron of Ridge Haven Court, Centreville.

Patzkowski graduated in 1999 from Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, N.J., and received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Army Reserve Pfc. Ashley M. Matlock has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Pam Matlock of Rural Route 2, Rose Hill, Va., and sister of Christina Hunter of Braddock Springs Road, Centreville. Matlock is a 2005 graduate of Thomas Walker High School, Ewing, Va.

Army Pvt. Christopher M. Bickhart has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Bickhart is a 1996 graduate of Chantilly High School.