These Southwest Georgians have enlisted in the Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Jacksonville, Fla. The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life. They will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.
— Darian J. Tunstall, son of Sonja N. Bryant of Albany. He is a 2007 graduate of Westover High School of Albany;
— Mcgary Casseus, son of Marie L. Rousseau, of Austell, and Jean M. Casseus, of Albany. Casseus is a 2013 graduate of Dougherty High School.
Marine Corps Pvt. Charles J. Davis, son of Ronald D. Davis, of Albany, recently graduated from the Marine Aviation Supply Specialist Course with Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One, Marine Aviation Support Training Support Group 21, Meridian, Miss.
Students in this course learn to perform the functions necessary that provide logistical support to aviation activities. They perform tasks dealing with aviation supply support, including financial management, inventory management, material management, personnel staffing, and requisitioning procedures.
REPORTING FOR DUTY
Navy Seaman Recruit Brandon R. Fleet, grandson of Alice Fleet, of Albany, recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk, Va. Fleet is a 2012 graduate of Westover High School of Albany, Ga. and joined the Navy in November 2012.
Navy Lt. j. g. Travia C. Childs, daughter of Gloria L. Johnson of Sugar Land, Texas, and M.C. Jones, of Albany, recently reported for duty at Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, Tenn. Childs is a 1988 graduate of Mitchell-Baker High School in Camilla and joined the Navy in January 2010. She is a 2008 graduate of University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz., with a MBA degree, and is a 1994 graduate of Georgia Southwestern State College, Americus, with a BS degree.
Navy Seaman La’ Tia N. Guest, daughter of Lizzie M. Guest, of Albany, recently reported for duty with Strike Fighter Squadron 105, Naval Air Station, Oceana, Va. Guest is a 2010 graduate of Westover High School of Albany, Ga. and joined the Navy in January 2011.
MARINE BASIC TRAINING
These Southwest Georgians have graduated from Marine recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. The 13-week program has some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training. 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.
— Pfc. Micah J. Dopson, son of Betty J. and Nelson Dopson, of Fitzgerald. Dopson is a 2009 graduate of Fitzgerald High School.
— Pvt. Benjamin E. Proctor, son of Diane R. and Benjamin C. Proctor, of Albany. Proctor is a 2011 graduate of Life Christian Academy of Albany.
— Pfc. Robert L. Taylor Jr., son of Priscilla K. Floyd, of Americus. Taylor, 2006 graduate of Americus-Sumter High School, is a 2011 graduate of Albany State University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree.
— Pvt. Marquis J. Delaine, son of Carolisa Spellman, of Albany. Delaine is a 2012 graduate of Dougherty High School.
— Pvt. Ashly N. Mangham, daughter of Josephine C. Brown, of Buena Vista, and Brandon French, of Americus. Mangham is a 2012 graduate of Marion County High School of Buena Vista.
— Pvt. Cody J. Tucker, son of Mindy and Russell Tucker, of Fitzgerald. Tucker is a 2012 graduate of Fitzgerald High School.
— Pvt. Montavious K. Hunt, son of Charlie J. Thornton, of Albany. Hunt is a 2012 graduate of Monroe Comprehensive High School.
— Pfc. Mandy L. De Santiago, a 2012 graduate of Turner County High School, Ashburn.
— Pfc. Malcolm X. Johnson, son of retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Keith Johnson and Deborah A. Gregg, of Albany. Johnson is a 2011 graduate of Monroe Comprehensive High School.
— Pvt. Dre’ D. Gosha, son of Melissa Barber of Birmingham, Ala., and Brandon Gosha, of Albany. Gosha is a 2010 graduate of Oak Mountain High School of Birmingham, Ala.
— Pfc. Craig D. Schlegel, son of Michelle L. Bates, of Albany, and Kenneth E. Schlegel, of Leesburg. Schlegel is a 2012 graduate of Westover High School.
NAVY BASIC TRAINING
These Southwest Georgians have graduated from Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. The eight-week program includes classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis is placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.
— Seaman Apprentice Brittany Bridges, daughter of Velerie R. and Curtis M. Bridges, of Albany. Bridges is a 2010 graduate of Westover High School.
— Seaman Recruit Lindsey C. Curles, a 2010 graduate of Westwood Schools, Camilla.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Lacey S. Burdett, daughter of Deborah Wiggins, of Ashburn, recently re-enlisted for four years while serving with Assault Craft Unit Four, Virginia Beach, Va. Burdett is a 2003 graduate of Turner County High School in Ashburn and joined the Navy in April 2005.
Navy Seaman Christopher J. Pruitt, son of Cynthia B. Pruitt and Jimmy Pruitt, both of Albany, was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Pruitt received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. He is a 2008 graduate of Albany High School.