Army Pfc. Samuel Bruce has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. He is the son of Sue Martin of Thomaston and is a 2007 graduate of Georges Valley High School, Thomaston. He earned an associate degree in 2011 from Southern Maine Community College, South Portland.

Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, a native of Berwick, recently became the 20th commander of U.S. Army Forces Command. He previously served as commanding general, deputy commanding general and chief of staff, XVIII Airborne Corps and also served as commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division. His joint assignments include duty with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and with the Joint Staff, J-3 Joint Operations Directorate. Allyn’s service includes overseas duty in Korea, and deployments for Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, two peacekeeping deployments to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Operations Desert Spring and Enduring Freedom in Kuwait, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Benning, Ga; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a master of arts degree in strategic and national security studies.

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association held its fourth annual “Burgers, Bikes & Rods” rally July 25. The rally supports Kieve’s Veterans Camp and more than $3,500 was raised at this year’s event, which had more than 102 motorcycles and 15 hot rods taking part. The ride began at L-A Harley Davidson in Lewiston and traveled through Sabattus and Gardiner before ending at Kieve’s Wavus Campus in Jefferson. The CVMA is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that raises money for several veteran-related causes. For more information, visit at or contact CVMA ride coordinator Steve Spooner at 784-6332.

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