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Military news

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 7, 2007


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Army Pvt. Brenton G. Adkins graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During 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.

He is the son of Brian Adkins and nephew of Laura Dale, both of Largo.

Adkins is a 2007 graduate of Osceola High School, Seminole.

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Christian M. Macey graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC course at their college.

The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values, fundamental military skills, rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappeling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training.

The cadet is a student at Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Macey is the son of Michael Macey of Clearwater and Jacqueline McWhorter of Crystal Beach.

He is a 2005 graduate of Countryside High School, Clearwater.

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Emalee Letcher graduated from the Army ROTC Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC course at their college.

Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills, trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values and become well-disciplined, highly motivated, physically conditioned students. The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, rifle marksmanship, small-arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappeling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training.

The cadet is a student at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M..

Letcher is the daughter of Leilani L. Letcher of Clearwater.

She is a 2007 graduate of Clearwater High School.

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Coast Guard Seaman Christanna J. Naylor graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J.

During the eight-week training program, Naylor completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, firefighting and marksmanship.

A major emphasis is also placed on physical fitness, health, wellness and the Coast Guard's core values.

Naylor will join the 36,000 other men and women of the Coast Guard.

She is the daughter of Brenda C. and Kevin L. Young of Largo.

Naylor is a 2004 graduate of Pinellas Park High School, Largo.

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Army Pfc. William N. Plummer graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During 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.

He is the son of Dave Plummer of Odessa and the brother of Cameron N. Cortez of Palm Harbor.

Plummer graduated in 2004 from Alonso High School, Tampa, and received an associate's degree in 2006 from Florida College, Temple Terrace.

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David F. Eisler graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The ROTC cadet has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.

The primary focus of the 33-day course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina.

The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Cadets in their junior or senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course and the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.

He is the son of Steven F. Eisler of Palm Harbor and Betty-Jo Frank of Land O'Lakes.

Eisler graduated in 2003 from Palm Harbor University High School and received a bachelor's degree in 2007 from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

[Last modified October 6, 2007, 23:52:10]


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