Duty, Honor, Country

Army Spec. Johnny L. Hurst Jr., of Oak Lawn, has returned to the United States after serving overseas at a forward operating base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to antiterrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the armed forces have been deployed to support the war against terrorism outside the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Hurst has served in the Army for two years. He is the son of Mary Hurst-Kendrick of Oak Lawn. He is a 2001 graduate of Lockport Township High School.


Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jessie Goytia Jr. has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Goytia completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Goytia is the son of Jessie Goytia of Oak Lawn.


Darnell S. Walls has been promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the Air Force.

Walls is the assistant chief of training assigned to the 628th Air Base Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. He has served in the military for 16 years.

Walls is the son of Isabella and Luther C. Grayer of Oak Lawn. He graduated in 1994 from Fenwick High School Oak Park, and received an associate of arts in 2012 from the Community College of the Air Force in North Charleston, S.C.