Navy Airman Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean C. Hoch (Hootch) will be returning at the end of the year from an eight-month deployment in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea and surround on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. He will finish up his four-year obligation at the Naval Air Station Lamoore in California. He is a graduate of Eureka High School and Meramec Community College in St. Louis. He will be continuing his education using the post-9/11 GI Bill. Hoch is the son of Byron Hoch of Lake Ozark.