Military news

By Times Staff
Published August 23, 2007

Lucy E. Flippin graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The 28-day course is an internship for cadets who are normally between their sophomore and junior years in college. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and they are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the ROTC Advanced Course at their college.

The training helps improve the cadets' physical conditioning, self-confidence, initiative, leadership potential, decisionmaking and collective team cohesion. The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, rifle marksmanship, small-arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremonies, communications, and squad-level operations field training.

The cadet is a student at the Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga.

She is the daughter of Rick A. and Barbara F. Flippin of Largo and is a 2007 graduate of Seminole High School.

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Army Spec. Morris J. Higgins graduated from Basic Combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

During nine weeks of training, Higgins 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.

Higgins earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the brother of Timothy Higgins of Dunedin.

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Air Force Airman Jason M. May graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

During six weeks of training, May studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches; and received physical training; rifle marksmanship; field training exercises; and special training in human relations.

He is the son of James May of Durant and Terri May of Tarpon Springs.

May is a 2006 graduate of East Lake High School.

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Army Pfc. Roy T. McMahon graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During nine weeks of training, McMahon 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.

He is the son of Robert and Sharon McMahon of Largo and is a 2001 graduate of Seminole High School.

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Army National Guard Pvt. Steven M. Will graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During nine weeks of training, Will studied the Army mission, history, tradition, core values and physical fitness. He 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, first aid, foot marches, and field-training exercises.

Will is the son of Patty Wilber of Largo.