On April 21, former Pinedale resident Amani Urian Ballard, 19, was officially recognized as a U.S. Navy Sailor. Amani graduated from the 811 – ‘Second to None’ – Special Operations Division at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. He now advances to Naval Aircrew Candidate School and Fleet Replacement Squadron Training. Rigorous training and studies will continue for two years at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. Amani has the full support of his family as he strives to become an (AIRR) Aviation Rescue Swimmer.