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Seaman Brianna Barnes with her proud mother Jennifer Alicoate. Submitted photo

Brianna Barnes, a 2018 graduate of Maricopa High School, graduated from U.S. Navy basic training.

She was a cadet in the MHS Air Force Junior ROTC program. She will be a U.S. Navy corpsman. She is training to be a hospital corpsman.

Navy hospital corpsmen provide medical treatment for Sailors and Marines. They may serve as an operating room technician, operate X-ray equipment, construct dental crowns and bridges, administer preventive care, provide emergency medical or dental treatment to Sailors and Marines in the field including working with Navy SEALS, perform clinical tests and more.




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A patriotic display of vintage military vehicles will march through Maricopa while honoring veterans on Nov. 12.

The route for the third annual Veterans Day Military Motor March begins 9:30 a.m. at the Millar Airport in Thunderbird Farms, continues east on Farrell Road, turns north on State Route 347, and finishes for a meet-and-greet with veterans and their vehicles at the Bashas’ parking lot.

Families are encouraged to attend.

“It teaches kids some of the history, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Mike Kerr, motor march organizer and curator of Col. Charles Millar’s Vietnam Aviation Veterans of Arizona Museum.

Last year, Kerr said the march included 10 military vehicles, motorcyclists and “people who follow along with American flags on their cars.”

Military vehicles featured in this year’s event include a half-track, military helicopter, 1942 American staff car, military jeeps, a 1940s-era military fire truck, and other military vehicles of various kinds, Kerr said.

After the meet-and-greet concludes, usually 45 minutes after arrival, the convoy returns to Millar Airport along the same route.

“We go back to the airport and Millar fixes everybody lunch,” Kerr said of the motor march crew. “It’s a fun time for everybody.”

This story appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.

Tracy Davis of Blue Star Mothers - Maricopa.

The Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa will be busy Wednesday night packing boxes to send to sailors of the USS Fitzgerald in Japan.

The donated items will benefit the crew of the Navy destroyer that collided with a large, commercial ship in Japan over the weekend. Seven of those sailors died.

Donations can be dropped off at 6 p.m. inside the Maricopa Center of Entrepreneurship.

“We just want to do what we can do to tide that feeling of helplessness,” said Tracy Davis, president of Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa.

Davis said donations of non-perishable snack food items like jerky and granola bars are especially helpful to the grieving sailors who she said often work long days without much time to break for lunch.

The cause is close to Davis’ heart. Her son Blane Davis once served aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in Japan for three years.

“Every time I think about it I tear up because my own kid was there. He sailed those very same waters so there is a kinship. They’re not biologically my kids, but they are my kids,” Davis said.

Letters of support will also be accepted at the donation drive.

“They’re mourning too,” Davis said. “They think of their crewmates as sisters and brothers.”

Travel sized items that can be donated include:

Foot powder, eye contact solution, disposable razors
Lip balm, eye glass cleaner, deodorant (stick; no antiperspirant), Band-Aids
Body wash, (preferably 3-in-1)
Toothbrushes (individually packaged), toothpaste, mouthwash
Coffee (ground, vacuum-packed bags), chewing gum
Rice Krispies Treats, granola bars, Pop-Tarts
Crackers (Saltines), Graham Crackers, Jerky
Power bars, Energy bars, Trail Mix Soup, Ramen noodle dry packages
Pre-sweetened powdered drink packets (Gatorade, Kool-aide, etc.)
Hard candy (no chocolate)

Davis said cash donations are also welcomed. She said those funds will help the organization buy items listed above that they still may need after the donation drive concludes Wednesday night.