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Military in Focus - Oct. 14, 2012

BASIC TRAINING

These Marines have completed graduated from basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. During the 13-week training period, recruits received during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training which instills pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week before graduation, recruits endure The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of their minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

— Marine Corps Pfc. Nathan F. Bass, son of Amanda L. Swindle of Athens, Ala., and Chester F. Bass, Jr. of Albany. Bass is a 2012 graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High School of Albany.

— Marine Corps Pfc. Alexander D. Harris, a 2011 graduate of Early County High School, Blakely.

— Marine Corps Pfc. Shaquille O. Morman, son of Susie D. Perry of Albany. Morman is a 2012 graduate of Albany High School of Albany.

— Marine Corps Pvt. Dylan A. Nimmick, son of Alicia R. and Brian D. Nimmick of Albany. Nimmick is a 2010 graduate of Oceanside High School of Oceanside, Calif.

— Marine Corps Pvt. Christopher P. Torres, a 2004 graduate of Bainbridge High School.

These Sailors have completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, recruits completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercise to give recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

— Navy Seaman William H. Aldavera, a 2012 graduate of Mitchell County High School, Camilla.

— Navy Seaman Recruit Bryan G. Banks, son of Nenita G. and Demarius E. Henderson of Albany.

— Navy Seaman Jenna M. Cox, a 2007 graduate of Mitchell County High School, Camilla.

— Navy Seaman Darien L. Davis, son of Revonn and stepson of James E. Miller of Climax. Davis is a 2003 graduate of Bainbridge High School.

— Navy Seaman Recruit Charles J. Fulton, son of Vicki and Charles Fulton of Albany. Fulton is a 2011 graduate of Monroe Comprehensive High School.

— Navy Seaman Recruit Dontravius L. Harmon, son of Biafra M. Spears and Grover L. Harmon, both of Albany, Ga., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Harmon is a 2008 graduate of Monroe Comprehensive High School.

— Navy Seaman Recruit Tashad M. Ward, son of Ted Thomas, of Albany. Ward is a 2011 graduate of Lee County High School.

SIGNED UP

Tyrell S. Graham, son of Charlene M. Dow of Albany and Desmond C. Graham, of Dalzell, S.C., has enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N.C. Graham will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 2012 graduate of Lee Central High School, Bishopville, S.C.

PROMOTIONS

Navy Seaman Apprentice Kelton E. Harvey, son of Ella M. Harvey of Hope Hull, Ala., and Mickey D. Jones of Albany, was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Harvey is a 2012 graduate of George Washington Carver High School, Montgomery, Ala.

Navy Seaman Timothy J. Husted, son of Melinda C. Husted and Timothy A. Husted Jr., both of Albany, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Andrea McCain, daughter of Vinnie D. McCain of Albany and Andrew J. McCain of Lithonia, was promoted to her current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. McCain is a 2010 graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High School.

REPORT FOR DUTY

Marine Corps Master Sgt. Wayne W. Maxwell.383, whose wife, Lorena, is the daughter of David A. Bailey of Albany, recently reported for duty with Marine Air Control 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Japan.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Keith L. Hanks, brother of Nathan Hanks of Albany, along with his fellow Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), departed for a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and build on maritime partnerships. Hanks is a 1996 graduate of Scottsboro High School of Scottsboro, Ala., and joined the Navy in September 1996.

CSADD COMMITTEE

These Sailors have formed a Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Behavior (CSADD) committee aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). CSADD is a peer-to-peer mentoring program geared toward assisting Sailors in making positive decisions in all areas of their lives. The committee meets monthly.

— Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Danielle F. Burkes, whose husband, Jarvis, is the son of Carolyn Burkes and Zeffrey Grayson, both of Dawson.

— Navy Seaman Derrick D. Bryant, son of Margaret Pines of Americus. Bryant joined the Navy in September 2009.

— Navy Airman Jessica L. Williams, daughter of Michael R. Ledden of Albany. Williams is a 2011 graduate of Lathrop High School of Fairbanks, Alaska.

— Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin A. Brown, son of Charlotte Favors and Benjamin Brown, both of Albany. Brown is a 2007 graduate of Westover High School of Albany, Ga. and joined the Navy in June 2010.