Military briefs

2013-09-02T00:00:00Z Military briefs
September 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Tumbac completes Navy Academy

Navy Midshipman Sara K. Tumbas, a 2013 graduate of Chesterton High School, completed Plebe Summer at the U.S. Navy Academy.

Plebe Summer began on Induction Day, June 27, and concluded after seven challenging weeks of basic midshipman training.

The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help "plebes" prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenges leading to graduation and commisioning as a Navy or Marine Corps Officer. Plebe Summer is run by upper-class midshipmen who are specially trained in their leadership roles to effectively develop plebes into successful midshipmen.

Plebe Summer activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills, as well as 40 training hours devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and formal parades.

Throughout the summer, new midshipmen rapidly gain general knowledge of seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn how to use 9mm pistols and M-16 rifles.

Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy's plebe or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. This year the Naval Academy received over 17, 500 applications for the Class of 2017.


Two complete training course

Army Cadet Nicolas D. Maciel and Army Cadet Brechey T. White have graduated from the Army ROTC Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.

Maciel is a student at Ball State University. He is the son of Sandra and Rafael Maciel of Chicago. He graduated in 2012 from Mount Carmel High School, Chicago.

White is a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the daughter of John and Sonja Holder of Alabaster.

White graduated in 2011 from Merrillville High School.


Davis completes basic training

Navy Seaman Recruit Dushaun J. Davis, son of Willie R. Davis, of Crete completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.

During the eight-week program, Davis 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.

Davis is a 2012 graduate of Crete-Monee High School.


Perkins completes military traiing

Air Force Airman Eddie Perkins graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Perkins is the son of Antoinette Jefferson of Harvey, and grandson of Wanda Jefferson, of Chicago. He is a 2010 graduate of Thornton Township High School, Harvey.

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