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Military news

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 8, 2001


Air Force Airman Tiffany M. Hodges graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Homer Hodges Jr., Tampa. She is a 2000 graduate of Sickles High School, Tampa.

Air Force Airman Julio De Jesus graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Nereida De Jesus, Seffner.

Army National Guard Pvt. Lori D. Lockamy graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. She is the daughter of Mary E. Harper, New Port Richey, and Francis K. Lockamy, Valrico.

Maine Corps Pfc. Christian Lopez recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., and was promoted to his current rank. He is a 2000 graduate of Chamberlain High School, Tampa.

Army Pvt. Corey M. McGee graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. McGee is the son of Robert and Drenda Dipple, Tampa.

Marine Corps Sgt. Scott R. Mercer arrived for duty at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa. He is the husband of Georgianna M. Mercer, Tampa.

Army Pvt. Michael P. Mortellaro graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. He is the son of Marc G. Mortellaro, Tampa. He is a 1999 graduate of Gaither High School, Tampa.

Air Force Maj. Kathleen M. Rizza arrived for duty at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo. She is the daughter of Edward G. and Lita K. Bitting, Tampa.

Marine Corps Pfc. Jermaine F. Murray recently completed the Basic Food Service Course. He is the son of Lois A. Babin, Tampa. He is a 1999 graduate of East Bay High School, Gibsonton.

Marine Corps Pfc. Orlys Oquendo recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., and was promoted to his current rank. He is a 2000 graduate of Chamberlain High School, Tampa.

Marine Corps Pfc. David D. Pauley Jr. recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., and was promoted to his current rank. He is the son of Patt J. and David J. Pauley, Tampa. He is a 2000 graduate of Armwood High School, Seffner.

Marine Corps Pfc. James C. Pezzullo recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is the son of Jessie and John Pezzullo, Tampa. He is a 2000 graduate of Chamberlain High School, Tampa.

Air Force Airman Michael J. Prendes graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Allyn Stoval, Tampa. He is a 2000 graduate of Wharton High School, Tampa.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Marc P. Riley recently returned from a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the destroyer USS Briscoe, home ported in Norfolk, Va. He is a 1996 graduate of Tampa Bay Vocational Technical High School, Tampa.

Navy Hospitalman Caroline Rosario reported for duty at Naval Hospital, Jacksonville. She is the daughter of Dora L. Navarro, Tampa, and William Rosario, Elmwood, Ill. She is a 1995 graduate of Leto High School, Tampa.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jairo D. Sanchez recently returned from a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), home based at Camp Lejuene, N.C. He is a 1999 graduate of Leto High School, Tampa.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Richard F. Cadogan II graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Mireya M. Cadogan, Stone Mountain, Ga., and Richard F. Cadogan, Odessa. He is a 1995 graduate of Grace Christian School, Columbus, Ga., and received a bachelor's degree in 2000 from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.

Army National Guard Pfc. Robert T. Chapman graduated from the unit supply specialist individual training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. He is the son of Clarence H. and Linda S. Chapman, Tampa.

Air Force Airman Irane M. Collins graduated form the supply management inventory apprentice course at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Ray C. Collins, Valrico, and Shila L. Collins, Tampa.

Army Pfc. LaKeysha S. Coonce-Coleman graduated from the unit supply specialist advanced individual training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. She is the daughter of Ella M. Coleman, Tampa.

Army Pfc. Dean L. Devlin graduated from the unit supply specialist advanced individual training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. He is the son of James L. Devlin, Brandon.

Army Pvt. Demond L. Edwards graduated from the unit supply specialist advanced individual training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. He is the son of Annie Edwards, Tampa.

Army Pfc. Luis Garcia graduated from the automated logistical specialist advanced individual training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. He is the son of Maria L. Garcia, Tampa.

Air Force Airman LaSheena C. Gaskins graduated from the supply management inventory apprentice course at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Cynthia Clayton and Cornelius L. Gaskins, Tampa.

Air Force Airman Gregory A. Gray Jr. arrived for duty at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb. He is an electronic warfare systems apprentice. Gray is the son of Gregory A. and Suzanne B. Gray, Brandon.

Marine Corps Cpl. Michael H. Hernandez was promoted to his current rank while serving with the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is a 1992 graduate of Armwood High School, Tampa.

Marine Corps Pvt. John C. Kinsler Jr. completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is the son of Julie Julian, Tampa, and John C. Kinsler, Tampa. He is a 2000 graduate fo Wharton High School, Tampa.

Army Pvt. Jamie L. Mobley graduated from the automated logistical specialist advanced individual training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. She is the daughter of Alfreeda S. Mobley, Tampa, and Fred J. Mobley, Brandon.

Army Pfc. Scott E. Dozier graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Rebecca Watterson, Brandon.

Army Pvt. Nicole M. Solana graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Jennifer Solana, Valrico, and Jaime Solana, Brandon. She is a 2000 graduate of Bloomingdale High School, Valrico.

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