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New Salvation Army Lieutenants arrive


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New Salvation Army officers John Burks and Mysti Burks with their daughter Lillianna Graham.

Salvation Army Lieutenants Caleb Fankhauser and Christin Fankhauser are transferring to a post in Homer and their replacements are due to arrive July 2.

John Birks, 30, and Mysti Birks, 32, just graduated from a 22-month Salvation Army training program in Los Angeles and will serve their first post, similar to the Fankhausers, in Petersburg.

"We both kind of have the same thought with just being able to go to a community and do the best we can to serve that community," John Birks said. "We have looked into Petersburg. It looks like an amazing place to live and a place where our daughter can grow up in. We expect to be able to go and help any way we can."

John Birks is a fifth generation Salvation Army officer.

"I've lived in a couple of small towns throughout my life," John Birks said. "My parents were officers before. I know the small town feel."

John Birks said he hasn't fished since he was young, but he's looking forward to adding seafood to the family's meal plans.

"I remember fishing with my grandfather," John Birks said. "We used to go out on a boat and go catch some small fish. We're hearing that the halibut and fresh salmon there is amazing. We're excited to go ahead and try some of that."

The Birks will also be bringing their daughter, Lillianna Graham, 14.


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