Military Briefs for June 13

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Vasquez returns to U.S.
 
Army First Lt. Antonio H. Vazquez 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.
Vazquez is an infantry officer assigned to the Fourth Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. He has served in the military for three years.
He is the son of Carlos Vazquez of Goose Creek.
The first lieutenant is a 2005 graduate of Woodland Hills High School, Churchill, Pa. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2009 from The Citadel.
 
Prosser completes basic
 
Army Pfc. Cody K. Prosser has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
During the nine 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.
Prosser is the son of Timothy Prosser of Goose Creek, and Angela Gullick of Beaufort. He is a 2012 graduate of Stratford High School.
 
McFadden becomes Marine
 
Marine Corps Pfc. Desmond R. McFadden, son of Cindy Maxwell of Hanahan, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, at Parris Island.
For 13 weeks, McFadden stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine.
McFadden is a 2012 graduate of Stratford High School.
 
Lawrence graduates
 
Army Pvt. Larry Lawrence has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.
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.
Lawrence is the son of Benzena Washington of Goose Creek. He is a 2011 graduate of Goose Creek High School.
 
Graves graduates
 
Army Pvt. Taron A. Graves has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.
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.
Graves is the son of Tamara Graves of Ladson, and brother of Kenneth Grant of Goose Creek. He is a 2011 graduate of Stratford High School.
 
Bilbrey completes training
 
Army Pfc. Zachery Bilbrey has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.
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.
Bilbrey is the son of Anissa Hatchitt of Ladson, and grandson of Claudia Bilbrey of Venice, Fla. He is a 2006 graduate of Venice High School.
 
Aiken graduates
 
Air Force Airman First Class Karnisha M. Aiken has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, TX.
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.
Aiken is the daughter of Noel Aiken of Goose Creek, and Wanda Aiken of Charleston. She is a 2012 graduate of Goose Creek High School.
 

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