Durham completes basic training
Army Pvt. Christopher Durham has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, Durham studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat and field maneuvers and tactics.
Durham is the grandson of Connie Durham, of Chicago Heights.
He is a 2009 graduate of Bloom High School, Chicago Heights.
Two return from Mediterranean
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenisha E. Mitchell, daughter of Rhoda V. Mitchell of Gary, Ind., and Tony E. Mitchell, of Merrillville, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark E. Fischer, a 2001 graduate of Thornwood High School, South Holland, Ill., along with 5,500 sailors and Marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group recently arrived in Norfolk, Va., following a seven-and-a-half-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Seas. The aircraft carrier is scheduled to be inactivated Dec. 1, in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station.
While deployed, the Enterprise group served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During her 238 days away from Norfolk, "Big E, " as Enterprise is affectionately known, safely steamed 80,968 miles and Carrier Air Wing 1 flew more than 8, 000 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Enterprise was commissioned Nov. 25, 1961, as the eighth ship to bear the name Enterprise. Big E was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. During her 51 years of service, Enterprise deployed 25 times and participated in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Enterprise has been homeported in both Alameda, Calif., and Norfolk, Va., and conducted operations in every region of the world.
The December inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for Enterprise, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 sailors who have served aboard the ship.
Mitchell is a 2006 graduate of West Side High School and joined the Navy in August 2006.