Alvin Durga of Traverse City and Elk Rapids has graduated from Fort Benning, Ga. He is a member of the 1071st Maintenance Company, Grayling, Michigan Army National Guard.
Durga works for National Vacuum Equipment as a welder and assembly line worker. He is a 2009 graduate of Traverse City West Senior High School.
Durga is the son of Alvin Leroy Durga, III and Bonnie Durga, both of Traverse City.
Air Force Airman Brandon M. Vaillancourt graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Vaillancourt is the son of Herbert Vaillancourt of Fife Lake.
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Erick M. Hays has arrived for duty as a munitions functional manager assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
Hays has served in the military for 27 years. He is the son of Sandra and stepson of Kenneth Sleder of Traverse City. His wife, Mary, is the daughter of Doris Osieczanek of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Hays graduated in 1983 from Kingsley High School, and received a master's degree in 2011 from Trident University, Cypress, Calif.