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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 11:00 pm

Garrison completes basic training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Amanda C. Garrison graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

She is the daughter of Stoy Garrison of Ahwatukee Foothills and Kathryn Garrison of Absecon, N.J. In 2005 she received an associate degree from Mesa Community College.


Five Star offers free books to members of military

To show its appreciation and support of our troops, Chandler publishing company Five Star Publications, Inc. is offering free signed copies of any of their titles to members of the military.

To take advantage of this offer, military members simply need to send a request to indicating "Military Request" in the subject line. They can then request a signed copy of any Five Star Publications book available through their online bookstore.

For a listing of Five Star's books, visit and select the link to their bookstore.

Five Star Publications also extends an invitation for those military members who take advantage of this opportunity to submit photos of themselves reading their free Five Star book. Their photos along with a message to their friends and family members back home will then be posted on Five Star's Web site.

For more information, visit or call (480) 940-8182.


New service allows veterans to tell their story online

Thousands of active United States military personnel and veterans have specialized license plates signifying their service and sacrifice for our country. Over 65 million drivers on the road see those plates but have no idea the stories that are represented by the drivers or passengers in the vehicle.

Dr. Kevin Ross has been trying to bridge that gap for years, which led him to ask active U.S. military personnel and veterans about ways they can tell their stories to the millions of Americans who appreciate their service.

The new Web site,">, became the solution. The site is a national database of personalized license plates, where license plate holders can register their plates along with pictures and stories about themselves, their experiences and their vehicles. All U.S. military personnel (past and present) who have specialized plates are offered free registration and access to as a small way to say thank you for their service to this country. Along with free registration, active U.S. military personnel and veterans will have unlimited access to search the database to see others' plates and stories.

The site is not just limited to military plates.

For more information, call Ross at (480) 580-7950 or visit


KRC offers waves of fun for military

The Kiwanis Recreation Center is honoring the men and women of the military with a wave pool theme weekend. Those who show their military ID will gain free admission to the wave pool from 1 to 3 p.m. May 16 and 17. The wave pool will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Regular wave pool admission is $6 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages 2 to 12. Kiwanis Recreation Center is located at 6111 S. All America Way in Tempe.

For more information, call (480) 350-5201, (480) 350-5050 TTY or visit

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