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Cadet Timothy Ronald Tracy, son of Jan and Tom Tracy of Safety Harbor, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on May 22. He studied civil engineering at West Point. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the engineers branch and will report to Schweinfurt, Germany, for his first assignment. He graduated from Palm Harbor University High School in 2005.

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Army Reserve Pvt. James C. Leffler has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Leffler is a 1999 graduate of Osceola High School.

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Coast Guard Seaman April S. Mitchell, daughter of Marilyn S. and Timothy J. Smith of Pinellas Park, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

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Navy Seaman Recruit Kristofer J. McCombs, son of James G. McCombs of Treasure Island, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 2008 graduate of Dixie M. Hollins High School.

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Navy Seaman Alexander H. Watkins, son of Pat and Roger Watkins of St. Petersburg, recently deployed along with more than 300 sailors on the USS Princeton (CG-59), whose homeport is San Diego. The Princeton will conduct operations in support of counterpiracy, oil platform defense and the projection of maritime power in the North Arabian Gulf. The ship's last deployment was in 2007 and 2008 to the Persian Gulf with the Nimitz Battle Group in support of the war on terrorism. Watkins is a 2007 graduate of Seminole High School.

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