Michael Bivens was promoted to staff sergeant by the Marine Corps during a ceremony Dec. 1 in Iraq, where he is currently serving his second tour of duty. Bivens graduated from Forrest High School in 1998. His parents, Herb and Becky Bivens, live in Chapel Hill. Bivens and his wife, Jackie, live in Jacksonville, N.C., with their children, Emily, 7, and Matthew, 4. He is due to return home in January.