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2013-04-17T00:00:00Z Military briefs nwitimes.com

Three complete basic training

Air Force Airman Christopher H. Barrow, Air Force Airman Samuel A. Stokes and Air Force Airman Rhea Amor S. Odal graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airmen 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.

Barrow is the son of Beverly Barrow, of Hammond, and brother of Robert Barrow, of Oklahoma City, Okla.

He is a 2012 graduate of Mary Carroll High School, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Stokes earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Connie and Colin Stokes, of Crown Point. The airman is a 2012 graduate of Forest Lake High School, Minn.

Odal is the daughter of Rita Odal, of Chicago, Ill. She is a 2006 graduate of City Baptist School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 2012 from Westwood College, Chicago, Ill.

 

Jackson completes combat training

 Army Reserve Pfc. Patrice L. Jackson has 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.

Jackson is the daughter of Taisha Giles and granddaughter of Camelle Giles, both of Chicago. She is also the sister of Tamika Baker, also of Chicago. She is a 2007 graduate of Bowen High School, Chicago.

 

Thornborrow promoted

Navy Seaman Apprentice Christopher C. Thornborrow, son of Cynthia L. Thornborrow, of Portage, and William J. Thornborrow, of Shell Knob, Mo., was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Thornborrow received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. 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.

Thornborrow is a 2012 graduate of Blue Eye High School of Blue Eye, Mo.

 

Three complete Navy training at Great Lakes

Navy Seaman Recruit James R. Ketterman, Navy Seaman Kelly D. Sauter, Navy Seaman Recruit Joshua M. Wampler and Navy Seaman Recruit Jonathon A. Stewart completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, they 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.

Ketterman is the son of Karen E. Montuori, of Valparaiso,  and William D. Ketterman, of Grayslake, Ill. Ketterman is a 2006 graduate of Chesterton High School.

Sauter is the daughter of Denise D. and Dale A. Sauter, of Lowell Sauter is a 2011 graduate of Lowell High School.

Wampler is the son of Tammy A. Beavers, of Gary, and Byron L. Wampler, of Gary. Wampler is a 2002 graduate of Calumet High School.

Stewart is the son of Adrienne N. and Lamont T. Stewart, of Hammond. Stewart is a 2005 graduate of Percy L. Julian High School of Chicago, Ill.

 

Three assigned to USS Ronald Reagan

Navy Seama Recruit Brandon A. Machura, Navy Seaman Bianca A. Blanchard and  Navy Airman Recruit Kendall L. Barandela are assigned to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), who recently departed for its San Diego home after 14 months of work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington.

Machura, others Sailors, shipyard workers and contractors completed what the Navy calls a Docked Planned Incremental Availability, $218 million in maintenance and upgraded systems, much of it performed in dry dock. Projects ranged from preserving the ship's exterior and island, complete overhaul of its internal computer network, and work on the main engines and rudders.

Many Sailors conducted work for which they had no experience, and there were unexpected challenges, but the ship's crew partnered with shipyard tradesman to complete it.

The Regan will rejoin the West Coast deployment cycle and will be homeported at Naval Base Coronado.

Machura is son of Frank Machura, Jr., of Hammond. Machura is a 2011 graduate of Morton Senior High School and joined the Navy in October 2011.

Blanchard is the daughter of Wynetca L. Blanchard, of Merrillville, and Charles E. Blanchard, Jr.,  of Gary. Blanchard is a 2011 graduate of Merrillvillle High School, and joined the Navy in October 2012.

Barandela is the daughter of Jennifer A. Barandela, of Hobart, and Ronald L. Barandela, of Merrillville.

Barandela is a 2011 graduate of Hobart High School and joined the Navy in February 2011.

 

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