PUBLISHED: 3:17 PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Military News
Air Force Staff Sgt. Helen A. Coleman has graduated from the Air Force Airman Leadership School at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. and received the John L. Levitow Award.

The Levitow Award is the highest honor presented to a graduate who has demonstrated the highest degree of excellence as a class leader and scholar, based on most outstanding in objective testing, performance evaluations, and leadership. The award is in honor and name of the lowest ranking enlisted Air Force member who was decorated with the Medal of Honor for bravery during the war in Vietnam. The five-week leadership school focuses on preparing senior airmen to supervise, lead and manage Air Force teams and fostering a commitment to the profession of arms through airmanship and orientation in the Air Force mission. Additionally, she received the key to the city of Jacksonville, Ark., from Mayor Tommy Swain.

Coleman, an intelligence analyst, is assigned to the 314th Operations Support Squadron. The airman has served in the military for five years.

She is the daughter of John L. and Alberta F. Harlon of Juneau and the wife of Brandon Coleman. She is a 2001 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy S. Mutart has deployed to the Iraqi theater of operations to support the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier is a member of the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, the "Black Lions", 4th Infantry Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division based at Fort Riley, Junction City, Kan. The Black Lions, activated in 2006, are one of the Army's newest modular infantry brigade combat teams. In preparation toward the Black Lions' deployment to a combat environment, the battalion soldiers completed a demanding four-week collective training density at Fort Irwin, Calif.

Mutart is a squad leader with seven years of military service. He is the son of Veta R. Mutart of Ketchikan, and a 1998 graduate of Ketchikan High School.