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Military News of Virgin Islanders for October

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.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Akil A. McFarlande
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Akil A. McFarlande/St. Croix
Sept. 26, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Akil A. McFarlande 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.
He is the son of Hildegiade and Winsbut McFarlande of Mary’s Fancy, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
McFarlande is a 2009 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex High School, V.I.
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Anthony E. Harley Jr./St. Croix
Sept. 26, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Anthony E. Harley Jr. 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.
He is the son of Anthony E. Harley Sr. and Misty Dover-Harley of Strawberry, Christiansted, Virgin Islands.
Harley graduated in 2006 from Central High School, Kingshill, V.I., and received an associate degree in 2009 from the University of the Virgin Islands, Frederiksted.
Army National Guard Pvt. Mikhail C. George/St. Thomas
Oct. 6, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Army National Guard Pvt. Mikhail C. George 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 Laurie George of Altona Welgunst St., St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
George is a 2009 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.
Air Force Airman Dean A. Adams Jr.
Air Force Airman Dean A. Adams Jr./St. Thomas
Oct. 6, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air Force Airman Dean A. Adams Jr. 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.
He is the son of Dean Adams and Michelle Hendrickson of Bonne Resolution, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands.
Adams is a 2010 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.
Navy Seaman Tameisha R. Newton/St. Croix
Oct. 6, 2010 (Fleet Hometown News Center) – Navy Seaman Tameisha R. Newton, daughter of Sharon A. and Russell D. Newton of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Newton 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. It 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.
Newton is a 2000 graduate of Central High School of St. Croix, V. I.
Army Staff Sgt. DeWayne T. Venzen/St. Thomas
Oct. 6, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Army Staff Sgt. DeWayne T. Venzen is one of more than 300 Army soldiers who will participate in "Spirit of America 2010" as the Army celebrates its 235th birthday. The show is one of the Army’s largest community outreach events presented by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, D.C. The event celebrates the spirit, strength and history of the nation with Spirit of America. Performers pay tribute to the selfless service, resilience, sacrifices and triumphs of the American soldier.
This year’s event will take place in Pittsburgh, Penn., the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area, and Grand Rapids, Mich. During the event, soldiers bring history to life with the Spirit of America performance by capturing true stories of those who have answered the call to duty for our nation. The soldiers dress in historical uniforms to re-enact key moments in the U.S. Army and American history. The re-enactments include battle scenes with short periods of simulated gunfire and performances by the Army’s elite ceremonial units.
The show featured the U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own," and the soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) — the Army’s oldest active-duty infantry unit. Elements of the Old Guard include the Fife and Drum Corps, the Caisson Platoon, the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, the Continental Color Guard and the U.S. Army Drill Team.
Venzen, a special band member, is assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), at Fort Myer, Arlington, Va.
He is the son of Austin A. and Rotie B. Venzen of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The staff sergeant graduated in 1995 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas. He attended the University of Louisville, Kentucky, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1999, and a master’s degree in 2001. In 2009, Venzen earned a doctorate from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Army Maj. Shawn J. Morton/St. Thomas
(Joint Hometown News Service) – Army Maj. Shawn J. Morton has arrived for duty U.S. Army North Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
Morton, an assistant operations and plans engineer, has served in the military for 13 years.
He is the son of Irma Morton of Emma Court, Lithonia, Ga.
His wife, Katrina, is the daughter of Queen Frazier of Williston, Fla.
Morton received an associate degree and earned a bachelor’s degree, both in 1998 from the University of Virgin Islands, St. Thomas.
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