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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 30, 2002

Retired Lt. Col. Fred L. Edwards Jr. of South Pasadena was elected to the Board of Directors of the Retired Officers Association at the organization's convention in Colorado Springs, Colo. He will serve for six years on the 36-member board.

Commissioned after six years as an enlisted Marine, Edwards served as a rifle company executive officer and as a commander of a Marine detachment afloat. He was a reconnaissance battalion operations officer and an intelligence analyst. He was a battalion commander in the 1st Marine Division, Brigade G-2 afloat, Force G-2 in Okinawa and served as a U.S. Defense attache and Naval attache for four African countries. He retired in 1979 as an intelligence branch chief at Marine Corps headquarters.

Edwards is a past president of the Retired Officers Club of St. Petersburg and a past president of the Florida Council of Chapters. He holds a Freedom's Foundation George Washington Honor Medal and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He and his wife, Pauline, have two children and four grandchildren.

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Gavin M. White, son of Maura and Rod White of St. Petersburg and Auburntown, Tenn., graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He will remain at Fort Jackson for training and then report to Fort Campbell, Ky., for duty with the 101st Airborne.

White is a 2001 graduate of St. Petersburg High School.

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John R. Bayer, a 1978 graduate of Seminole High School, was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve after 24 years of service as an enlisted man. He joined the Navy in 1978.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Craig M. Leitch, son of Kellie L. Eike of St. Petersburg and Christopher F. Leitch of Orlando, has completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is a 2002 graduate of Maynard Evans High School in Orlando.

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Marine Corps Pvt. David W. Guglietti, son of Linda Wren of St. Petersburg, has completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is a 2002 graduate of Boca Ciega High School.

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