Military briefs

2013-09-05T00:00:00Z Military briefs

Two complete basic training

Army National Guard Pvt. Arionna B. Gilbert and Army Pfc. Michael J.D. Mathis have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Gilbert is the daughter of Rosalyn Reed of North Miller Way, Maricopa, Ariz., and Freeman Gilbert of Chicago, Ill. She is the granddaughter of Sevina Pegue, of South Holland, Ill. She is a 2010 graduate of Richfield High School, Minn. Mathis is the son of Michael Mathis of Crown Point.


Joiner completes Navy training

Navy Seaman Recruit Michael Joiner, son of Donna and Michael Joiner, of Merrillville, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Joiner 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." This exercise gives 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. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Joiner is a 2011 graduate of Merrillville High School.


Stewart aboard USS Harry S. Truman

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Slavica V. Stewart, daughter of Ruzica and Lazar Vujanic, of Crown Point,along with other Sailors assigned aboard the nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet's Area of Responsibility (AOR) after the ship completed a routine transit through the Suez Canal.

Truman is on a scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Truman deployed July 22 from Norfolk, VA. Stewart joined the Navy in October 2009.

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