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Military News of Virgin Islanders for May

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

Navy Seaman Apprentice David B. Gumbs/St. Thomas
May 1, 2012 (Fleet Hometown News Center)–Navy Seaman Apprentice David B. Gumbs, son of Hazra and Louis Gumbs of St. Thomas, V. I., is currently deployed. Gumbs along with fellow sailors presently in Afghanistan are manning defenses and constructing a compound in the Lashkar Gah District to support U.S. Marines, who will advise Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) and prepare them for a smooth transition upon the eventual draw-down of U.S. and allied forces.
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Some sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 departed the battalion’s main body in March with equipment, materials, and supplies to set and maintain defensive positions while constructing a sustainable compound for U.S. Marines. The new compound will include everything from power and communications capabilities to berthing, dining facilities, office spaces, and morale, welfare and recreation buildings. Sailors assigned to construction battalion are commonly referred to as seabees.
Typically, seabee project sites are secured by Marines, thus allowing the seabees to arrive and begin construction. For this site, however, seabees arrived with personnel dedicated to security and other crews dedicated to construction. Small elements of Marines are on site to facilitate a smooth transition of the compound when the Seabees depart at the end of the project. This type of interaction exemplifies the fluidity of the joint service relationship between the Marine Corps and the seabees of the Navy.
Homeported in Gulfport, Miss., NMCB-11 mission is to conduct general, mobility, survivability engineering operations, defensive operations.
Gumbs is a 2006 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School of St. Thomas, V. I., and joined the Navy in April 2011.
Army Pfc. Jahmoiah Hodge/St. Thomas
May 1, 2012 (Defense Media Activity) – Army Pfc. Jahmoiah Hodge 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. 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, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.
Hodge is the daughter of James Hodge and Priscilla Stevens, both of St. Thomas.
She is a 2010 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon J. Forbes/St. Thomas
May 2, 2012 (Joint Hometown News Service) — Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon J. Forbes has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal.
The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious acts or achievements, or distinguished service not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
Forbes earned the medal for serving as a convoy commander during Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a vehicle operator dispatcher assigned to the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The technical sergeant has served in the military for 17 years.
Forbes is the son of Ena Spencer of Lindbergh Bay, and Cecil O. Forbes Sr., both of St. Thomas.
He graduated in 1994 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.
Marine Corps Pfc. Kathleen Guadalupe/St. Croix
May 18, 2012 (Fleet Hometown News Center) — Marine Corps Pfc. Kathleen Guadalupe, daughter of Ramona Guadalupe of Reading, Pa. and Eugenio Guadalupe, of St. Croix, V. I., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. , designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Guadalupe and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Guadalupe spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
Guadalupe and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values–honor, courage and commitment — and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
Guadalupe and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.
Army Pvt. Donnell T. Francis/St. Croix
May 18, 2012 (Defense Media Activity) — Army Pvt. Donnell T. Francis 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, 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.
Francis is the son of Ishvelle Christopher of Christiansted, and Delano Francis of Frederiksted.
Marine Corps Pvt. Joel A. Deserve/St.Thomas
May 22, 2012 (Fleet Hometown News Center)–Marine Corps Pvt. Joel A. Deserve, son of Jennifer Xavier-Callwood of St. Thomas, V. I., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Deserve and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Deserve spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
Deserve and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values–honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
Deserve and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.
Marine Corps Pvt. Alex A. Williams/St. Croix
May 22, 2012 (Fleet Hometown News Center)–Marine Corps Pvt. Alex A. Williams, son of Danica M. David of Christiansted, V. I. and Alex G. Williams, of Frederiksted, V. I., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Williams and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Williams spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
Williams and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values–honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
Williams and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.
Air Force Airman Shaquille R. Thomas/St. Croix
May 23, 2012 (Defense Media Activity) — Air Force Airman Shaquille R. Thomas graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Thomas is the son of Yvonne Edwards and Leighton Thomas, both of Christiansted.
He is a 2011 graduate of Central High School, Kingshill.
Navy Seaman Recruit Sasha Chastanet/St. Croix
May 31, 2012 (Fleet Hometown News Center )–Navy Seaman Recruit Sasha Chastanet, daughter of Ancilla and Georges Chastanet of St. Croix, V. I., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Chastanet 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.
Chastanet is a 2010 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex High School of St. Croix, V. I.

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