Fort Benning basic training graduate
The Greater Columbia County Republican Women recently signed a card for soldiers serving in Iraq, and sent it to Marine Lt. Col. Tom Holden (top left), the brother-in-law of GCCRW president Teri North. The organization also collected small food and toiletry items to send to the soldiers, and recently sent three boxes to Holden's Second Marine Expeditionary Force. With Holden in the photo are soldiers from the U.S. Army and Great Britain.
Army Pvt. Josh N. Clark has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the eight weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
Clark is the son of Kathy Clark, of Martinez, and grandson of W. and Luella Ice of Reeves Ave., Fairmont, W.Va.
Army Reserve training graduates
Ronnie L. Patrick recently graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
The 33 days of training provides professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support.
Patrick is the son of Juanita and Ronnie L. Patrick, of Evans.
David L. Hill has graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. He is the son of Howard and Ursula I. Chandler, of Grovetown.
Hill graduated in 2001 from Harlem High School.
Community relations project participant
Marine Corps Cpl. Christophe D. Roberts, son of Cynthia A. Carroll of Grovetown, and Timmy Stoudemayer, of Leesville, S. C., recently took part in a community relations project during a port visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while on a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit home based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Volunteers worked at City of Hope, a women's shelter in Jumeirah. They painted hallways and performed general repair work, while some of the service members played with the children staying at the home.
Roberts is a 2001 graduate of Harlem High School.
Betty and Ken Moehn, of Martinez, and other members of American Legion Post 192 in Evans, release balloons representing all the wars and conflicts in American history Sept. 16 during POW/MIA Remembrance Day.
photo by J. Scott Trubey
Basic training graduates
Army Pvt. Leslie R. Peacock has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Peacock is the daughter of Mike Peacock, of Martinez. She is a 2004 graduate of Lakeside High School.
Marine Corps Pvt. Michael J. Hazlett, son of Suzi D. and Greg L. O'Kussick of Appling, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Marine Corps Pvt. Allen W. West, son of Rhonda M. West of Evans, and Mark S. West recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Army Reserve Pvt. Fred W. Funderburg has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Fred Funderburg Sr., of Augusta, and Susan Hill, of Martinez.
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