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Nicole Marie Walker

Age: 24

Rank: Lance corporal

Branch of service: Marines

Hometown: Modesto

High school: Beyer High, Class of 2001

Specialty: Vehicle driver

Currently serving in: Anbar Province, Iraq

Family: Mother and stepfather, Michele and Steve Payne of Modesto, and father and stepmother, the late Philip Walker and Cynthia Walker of Newport Beach

Of note: Attended boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in 2005. First duty station was Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Currently serving first deployment in Anbar province, where she provides security for fellow Marines responsible for detonating or defusing bombs. Office role is Security Platoon Immediate Response Team. Assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 371.

The Bee invites local families to submit information and a photo of their relative serving in the Middle East. Send to:

Pat Machado

P.O. Box 5256

Modesto, CA 95352

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