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Military News of Virgin Islanders–September 2007

Editor's note: The Source newspapers publish available information about Virgin Islanders who are serving their country in the military. For earlier notices, see previous months' files in this section. Please e-mail information about yourself or any family member serving in these regards to source@viaccess.net Provide the individual's full name, age, rank, service branch or organization, home island, immediate family members in the Virgin Islands, brief description of education and training, and, if possible, a description of where the person is based or has been deployed. Please limit the information to about 200 words. We welcome photos.
Air Force Airman Orande K. Spencer/St. Croix
Sept. 14, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Air Force Airman Orande K. Spencer has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; he performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Spencer is the son of Molviar Martin of Strawberry Hill, Christiansted, Virgin Islands.
The airman is a 2007 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex, Frederiksted, V.I.
Army National Guard Pfc. Roiesha N. Henley/St. Thomas
Sept. 1, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army National Guard Pfc. Roiesha N. Henley has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and was trained in physical fitness. She 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, the military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.
She is the daughter of Roy and Myrna Henley of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Henley is a 2005 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.
Cadet Bernell E. Smithen/St. Croix
Sept. 8, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Bernell E. Smithen graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
The 33 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus, of the 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 and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve.
The cadet is a student at Savannah State University, Ga.
He is the son of Lemuel I. Smithen Sr. of Estate Whim, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands, and Audrey M. Henry of Cliffton Hill, Kingshill, V.I.
Smithen is a 2004 graduate of the St. Croix Educational Complex, Kingshill.
Army Pfc. Rashaun A. Brathwaite/St. Thomas
Sept. 8, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army Pfc. Rashaun A. Brathwaite has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.
Brathwaite is a 1995 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Army National Guard Pvt. Jeannette C. Valmont/St. Croix
Sept. 8, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army National Guard Pvt. Jeannette C. Valmont has graduated from the Food Service Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.
The course is designed to train servicemembers to perform preliminary food preparation procedures according to Army production schedules and recipes; cook, bake and serve food in large and small quantities; field and garrison kitchen operations; and general operation of Army dining facilities, including cleaning and housekeeping, sanitation measures, and storage of subsistence items.
Valmont is the daughter of Jacqueline N. Carr of Christiansted, Virgin Islands.
The private is a 2005 graduate of St Croix Central High School, Kingshill, V.I.
Cadet Bernell E. Smithen/St. Croix
Sept. 8, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Bernell E. Smithen graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
The 33 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus, of the 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 and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve. The cadet is a student at Savannah State University, Ga.
He is the son of Lemuel I. Smithen Sr. of Estate Whim, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands, and Audrey M. Henry of Cliffton Hill, Kingshill, V.I.
Smithen is a 2004 graduate of the St. Croix Educational Complex, Kingshill.
Army Pfc. Rashaun A. Brathwaite/St. Thomas
Sept. 8, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army Pfc. Rashaun A. Brathwaite has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.
Brathwaite is a 1995 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Army National Guard Pvt. Jeannette C. Valmont/St. Croix
Sept. 8, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army National Guard Pvt. Jeannette C. Valmont has graduated from the Food Service Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.
The course is designed to train servicemembers to perform preliminary food preparation procedures according to Army production schedules and recipes; cook, bake and serve food in large and small quantities; field and garrison kitchen operations; and general operation of Army dining facilities, including cleaning and housekeeping, sanit
ation measures, and storage of subsistence items.
Valmont is the daughter of Jacqueline N. Carr of Christiansted, Virgin Islands.
The private is a 2005 graduate of St Croix Central High School, Kingshill, V.I.
Army Pfc. Rupert A. Marcelle/St. Croix
Sept. 10, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army Pfc. Rupert A. Marcelle has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and 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, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.
He is the son of Masserae Webster of Cotton Valley Shores, Christiansted, Virgin Islands.
Marcelle is a 2005 graduate of St. Croix Central High School, Kingshill, V.I.
U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Lamin O. Jackson/St. Croix

Sept. 19, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Lamin O. Jackson has entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year. The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.
Phase one involves personal in-processing, orientation, and training in the fundamentals of being a cadet. Cadet trainees are prepared to adjust from civilian to military life and disciplines, and learn proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching, and living quarters standards. During phase two, cadets train outdoors living in tents while learning to function in field conditions. Cadets apply and practice teamwork, cohesion and learn to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault and leadership reaction courses, and participate in a rescue mission termed Operation Warrior.
He is the son of Michael and Barbara Jackson of Christiansted, Virgin Islands.
Jackson is a 2006 graduate of Good Hope School, St. Croix, V.I.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Gerard L. Brady/St. Thomas

Sept. 19, 2007 – (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Air Force Airman 1st Class Gerard L. Brady has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, a military customs and courtesies; he performed drill and ceremony marches, received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Deborah Maynard of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and nephew of Wilson Webster of Coram, N.Y.
Brady is a 2007 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.
Air Force Airman Jamal O. Browne/St. Croix

Sept. 22, 2007 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) -Air Force Airman Jamal O. Browne has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; he performed drill and ceremony marches, received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Vernon Browne of Catherine's St., St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and Kathleen Parmis of Sheridan St., Davenport, Iowa.
Navy Constructionman Recruit Julian A. Depena


Sept. 24, 2007 (Fleet Hometown News Center) – Navy Constructionman Recruit Julian A. Depena recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Depena completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.
Depena is the son of Yris B. and Charles E. Waddle of Christiansted, Virgin Islands.
He is a 2007 graduate of Free Will Baptist Christian High School of Christiansted, V. I.

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