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Military News of Virgin Islanders for August

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 visource@gmail.com. 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.

Navy Seaman Jerome R. Hodge/St. Thomas
Aug. 10, 2011(Fleet Hometown News Center)–Navy Seaman Jerome R. Hodge, son of Jean V. and Rhys S. Hodge of St. Thomas, V. I., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Hodge 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.
Hodge is a 2006 graduate of St. Peter and Paul High School of St. Thomas, V. I.
Navy Seaman Curtis R. Gilpin/St. Thomas
Aug. 13, 2011 (Fleet Hometown News Center) — Navy Seaman Curtis R. Gilpin, son of Curtis R. Gilpin, of St. Thomas, V. I., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Gilpin 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.
Gilpin is a 2010 graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School of St. Thomas, V. I.
Army National Guard Pvt. Razzilee L. Oquendo/St. John
Aug. 19, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) — Army National Guard Pvt. Razzilee L. Oquendo 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.
She is the daughter of Leeann Oquendo of St. John, Virgin Islands.
Oquendo graduated in 2010 from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Navy Seaman Ernell C. Dore/St. Thomas
Aug. 24, 2011 (Fleet Hometown News Center) — Navy Seaman Ernell C. Dore, son of Vanessa Dore and grandson of Violet Dore of St. Thomas, V. I., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Dore completed a variety of training that 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.
Coast Guard Seaman Latoya A. Williams/St. Croix
Aug. 24, 2011(Fleet Hometown News Center) — Coast Guard Seaman Latoya A. Williams, daughter of Jacqueline W. Benjamin of Frederiksted, Virgin Islands, and Thomas D. Williams, Jr. of Christiansted, V. I., recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J.
During the eight-week training program, Williams completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, physical fitness, health and wellness, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship. Men and women train together from the first day in the Coast Guard just as they will work together aboard ships and shore units throughout the world. To reinforce the team concept, all recruits are trained in preventing sexual harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, civil rights training and the basics of the work-life balance.
Williams and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard’s Core Values — honor, respect and devotion to duty — and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct. Williams will join 36, 000 other men and women who comprise the Coast Guard’s workforce.
Williams is a 2007 graduate of Saint Croix Central High School of Kingshill, V. I.

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