In the military July 14, 2013


These Southwest Georgians recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, recruits complete a variety of training which includes 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 that 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 Tiara M. Todd, a 2010 graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High School;

— Navy Seaman Recruit Morgan Wright, son of Fanta L. Wright of Fitzgerald and a 2012 graduate of Fitzgerald High School.


Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Keith L. Hanks.265, brother of Misey Dabbs of Dutton, Ala., and brother of Nathan Hanks of Albany, recently participated in a change of command onboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Hanks is a 1996 graduate of Scottsboro High School of Scottsboro, Ala., and joined the Navy in September 1996.


Navy Seaman Recruit Brandon R. Fleet.265, grandson of Alice Fleet of Albany, and other sailors assigned to the nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) recently got under way for a final sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX) before the ship’s upcoming deployment.

Truman departed Naval Station Norfolk along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staff, joined with guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and guided missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Mason (DDG 87) for the exercise.

Fleet is a 2012 graduate of Westover High School and joined the Navy in November.


.265These Southwest Georgians have enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program. The program allows a civilian to take up to a year to complete commitments before reporting for basic training. They will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

— Justin F. Bush.265, whose wife, Jasalyn, is the daughter of Gerald J. Duncan, of Fitzgerald;

— Rodney L. Tyus.265, son of Wanda M. Ledbetter, of Albany, and Rodney Tyus, of Decatur, Ill. He is a 2013 graduate of Dougherty High School;

— Audrianna K. Bennett.265, daughter of Elizabeth A. Bennett, of Lenox, and Tony Roberson, of Cobb. She is a 2011 graduate of Berrien County High School.