Fitzhugh back from deployment
Army Pvt. Ryan K. Fitzhugh has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.
Fitzhugh is a combat engineer assigned to the 23rd Engineer Company at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska. The private second class has served in the military for one year.
He is the son of Laura Fitzhugh and stepson of Tom Day, of Valparaiso. Fitzhugh graduated in 2011 from Wheeler High School.
Louie completes basic training
Army Pvt. Berry M. Louie Jr. 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.
Louie is the nephew of Jeri Broadnax, of Harvey. He is a 2010 graduate of Thornton Township High School.
Three complete Navy training
Navy Seaman Recruit Shavontay L. Connor, Navy Seaman Justin H. Williams and Navy Airman Apprentice Christian S. Graves, were promoted to their 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.
Connor is a 2012 graduate of Lew Wallace Stem Academy, Gary,
Williams is the son of Sandra M. Smith, of Merrillville. Williams is a 2005 graduate of Merrillville High School.
Graves is a 2006 graduate of American School, Lansing, Ill.
Five complete basic military training
Air Force Airman Lloyd N. Postell Jr., Air Force Airman Mandi L. Bolton, Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon D. Maicher, Air Force Airman Andrew D. Marcus and Air Force Airman George J. Jackson, 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.
Postell is the son of Lesley Postell, of Highland. He is a 2012 graduate of Highland High School.
Bolton is the daughter of Daniel and Rilla Bolton, of Trenton, Mich., and Lori Erbele, of Hebron, Ky. She is a 2011 graduate of Kankakee Valley High School.
Maicher is the son of Lurita Garritano, of St. John, and David Maicher, of Demotte. He is a 2006 graduate of Highland High School.
Marcus is the son of Rhonda Davis, of Demotte, and Vernon Marcus, of Wyoming, Mich. He is a 2012 graduate of Kankakee Valley High School.
Jackson is the son of Robyn and George Jackson, of Homewood. He is a 2011 graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School.