Military News: Joanie Baca receives Surgeon General’s recognition award
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Stephen P. Jarman
Stephen P. Jarman
Army Capt. Joanie M. Baca has been awarded the Surgeon General’s Physician Recognition Award for a captain in the United States Army for significant contributions to military medicine while deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan during 2011 and 2012.

Dr. Baca is brigade surgeon assigned to the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade at Grafenwoehr Army Garrison, Germany. The captain has served in the military for three years.

She is the daughter of Max and Cindy Baca of Concho, Ariz., and granddaughter of Joan Barrese of Phoenix. Her husband, Jonathan, is the son of Tim and Barbara Columbia of Cleveland.

Baca graduated in 1998 from Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix, and received a bachelor of science in 2002 from Arizona State University, Tempe. She also earned a medical doctor degree in 2009 from University Of Illinois, Chicago, Ill.

Justin K. Walker

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin K. Walker, son of Tanda and Melvin Walker of Charleston, recently was promoted to his current rank while aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk, Va.

Walker was promoted based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency in his designated specialty.

Walker is a 2007 graduate of Walker Valley High School of Charleston, and joined the Navy in December 2012.

Jericho W. Crutcher

Marine Corps Pvt. Jericho W. Crutcher, son of Patrica and Joey Moulds of Cleveland, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Crutcher stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Crutcher endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Crutcher is a 2012 graduate of Bradley Central High School of Cleveland.

Stephen P. Jarman

Air Force Airman Stephen P. Jarman graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Jarman is the son of Paula Jarman of Cleveland.

He graduated from a home-school program in 2010.