Hood River trio complete Air Force basic training

Three graduates of Hood River schools have decided to “Aim High” and pursue a career in the U.S. Air Force.

Kameron J. Methvin, 20, Taylor M. Tyynismaa, 19, and Aaron C. Lingel, 21, are currently undergoing training in an occupational specialty after completing boot camp last summer.

Tyynismaa and Methvin are 2012 graduates of Hood River Valley High School and Lingel is a 2010 graduate of Horizon Christian School in Hood River.

Methvin was the first of the three recruits to fulfill eight and a half weeks of basic training requirements at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated with the rank of Airman on July 5 and is currently studying Geospatial Operations Intelligence at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. He is the son of Tony and Stacey Methvin of Hood River.

On July 19, Lingel earned the rank of Airman and is now training at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, N.M., as a “remotely piloted aircraft sensor operator.” He is the son of Darren and Debbie Lingel of Hood River.

Tyynismaa became an Airman on Aug. 2 and is currently stationed at Lackland to receive training in Security Forces. She is the daughter of Edward and Terri Tyynismaa of Hood River.

The local Airmen are among 35,000 recruits who will go to boot camp in Lackland during 2013 to learn basic warfare skills. The base operates under the jurisdiction of the 802nd Mission Support Group and is the only entry processing station for the Air Force.

Recruits are taught the core values of “Integrity First, Service before Self, Excellence in All we Do,” through a rigorous program that centers on military discipline, physical fitness, drill and ceremonies.

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