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MILITARY NEWS OF VIRGIN ISLANDERS – APRIL 2004

Editor's note: The Source newspapers publish available information about Virgin Islanders who are serving their country in the military. For earlier notices, see separate 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.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Kelvin Davis / St. Croix
April 27, 2004 (Fleet Hometown News) – Navy Seaman Apprentice Kelvin B. Davis, son of Edith Gereau of Christiansted, recently graduated from the Basic Enlisted Submarine Course at Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn.
During the six-week course, Davis learned the basic theory, construction, and operation of nuclear-powered submarines. Davis also learned shipboard organization, damage control, and submarine safety and escape procedures.
Davis participated in hands-on training with reality simulators, and practiced firefighting and flood control on board a submarine. Davis also learned about a submarine's basic hydraulic, water and air systems, and practiced escaping from a simulated sinking submarine.
Army Pvt. Jeremy Henry / St. Croix
April 26, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army Pvt. Jeremy O. Henry has arrived at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md., to complete the track vehicle repairer advanced individual training course.
The son of Veronica and Ivan O. Henry of Williams Delight, Frederiksted, he is a 2003 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex Vocational School.
The student will be trained to troubleshoot, repair and maintain mechanical, electrical, air, fuel, brake, steering, transmission assemblies, hydraulic systems, and fire extinguisher and suppression assemblies on tracked vehicles. Also, he will learn to repair gas turbine power and diesel power plants and packs, including compression ignition engine fuel and liquid cooling systems.
Navy Airman Shaeme S. Ramos / St. Croix
April 23, 2004 (Fleet News) – Navy Airman Shaeme S. Ramos, son of Marjorie F. Ramos of Christiansted, recently participated in Operation Vigilant Resolve, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
During the operation, Strike Fighter Squadron 131 and Carrier Air Wing Seven launched F/A-18 Hornets from Ramos' ship and conducted a 20-mm strafing run against an enemy position and dropped two 500-pound laser guided bombs on another enemy position in Fallujah, Iraq. This was the first live ordnance dropped by CVW-7 aircraft since Washington deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Carriers like USS George Washington are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.
Ramos, a 2001 graduate of St. Croix Central High School, joined the Navy in December 2002.
Army Pvt. John Nicholas / St. Croix
April 22, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army Pvt. John A. Nicholas, son of Stella Vigilant of Grove Place, St. Croix, and John Nicholas of Lawton, Okla., 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.
The soldier is a 2003 graduate of Lawton Senior High School, Okla.
Army National Guard Pvt. Jeanelle Turnbull / St. ThomasApril 19, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army National Guard Pvt. Jeanelle Y. Turnbull has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
A 2003 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, Turnbull is the daughter of Germaine Kuntz of St. Thomas.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the same topics as described in detail in the posting above.
Army Pvt. Jeremy Henry / St. Croix

April 19, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army Pvt. Jeremy O. Henry has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
A 2003 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex, Henry is the son of Veronica and Ivan Henry of Williams Delight, Frederiksted.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army topics listed in the above posting.
Army National Guard Pfc. Irwin Leonard / St. Thomas
April 19, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army National Guard Pfc. Irwin J. Leonard has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
A 1997 graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Leonard is the son of Olive Leonard of Annas Retreat, Saint Thomas, and the brother of Donovan Scharmen of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army topics listed in the above posting.
Army National Guard Spec. Kimberlee Penha / St. Thomas
April 19, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) – Army National Guard Spec. Kimberlee M. Penha has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Penha, the daughter of Rita Farley, and Demetri Penha, both of St. Thomas, graduated in 1990 from Charlotte Amalie High School. She received a bachelor's degree in 2000 from Alabama State University, Montgomery.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army topics listed in the above posting.
Army National Guard Pvt. Cosme J. Harrison
April 1, 2004 (Army & Air Force News) – Army National Guard Pvt. Cosme J. Harrison 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.
Harrison is the son of Kathleen Pero of Ross Taarneberg St., St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and the brother of Shelly Ann Sullivan of Jenny Lane, Garland, Texas. He is a 2003 graduate of Wesleyan Academy, St. Thomas.
Army Pfc. Antonio T. Benjamin Jr.
April 1, 2004 (Army & Air Force News) – Army Pfc. Antonio T. Benjamin Jr. has graduated from the ammunition specialist course at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.
The soldier learned to assist in receipt, storage, issue, maintenance, modification, destruction, and demilitarization of conventional ammunition, munitions and explosive components according to technical and safety directives; performed ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using automated and manual procedures, and operated material handling equipment to maneuver ammunition.
Benjamin Jr. is the son of Rita A. Farley and Antonio J. Benjamin Sr. of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ronald L. Woodcock Jr.
April 1, 2004 (Army & Air Force News) – Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ronald L. Woodcock Jr. has graduated from the Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.
The six-week course is designed to instruct technical sergeants in advanced military leadership manage
ment theories and responsibilities, oral and written communications skills, and physical fitness fundamentals.
The noncommissioned officer performed as a supervisor to learn behavior concepts, problem solving, and counseling techniques relative to the Air Force mission and organization. The sergeant learned to orientate new service-members in the principles, practices and tools necessary to function in the Air Force.
Woodcock is a facilities maintenance supervisor assigned to the 375th
Civil Engineer Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Ill. He is the son of Ronald L. and Pearline V. Woodcock of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The sergeant is a 1983 graduate of the Seventh Day Adventist School, Charlotte Amalie.
Air Force Maj. Donna M. Rainey
April 1, 2004 (Army & Airforce News) – Air Force Maj. Donna M. Rainey has been named as the Defense Contract Management Agency, Field Grade Officer for the 4th Quarter. Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, significant self-improvement, and other specific achievements and notable accomplishments.
The major is a staff acquisition officer with 12 years of military service.
Her parents, Dave and Dee Warren, reside in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She is the granddaughter of Smokie and Dilla Warren of Oakridge Drive, Odessa, Texas.
Rainey graduated in 1985 from Central High School, San Angelo, Texas, and received a bachelor's degree in 1991 from the University of Texas at Permian Basin, Odessa.
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Editor's note: The Source newspapers publish available information about Virgin Islanders who are serving their country in the military. For earlier notices, see separate 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.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Kelvin Davis / St. Croix
April 27, 2004 (Fleet Hometown News) - Navy Seaman Apprentice Kelvin B. Davis, son of Edith Gereau of Christiansted, recently graduated from the Basic Enlisted Submarine Course at Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn.
During the six-week course, Davis learned the basic theory, construction, and operation of nuclear-powered submarines. Davis also learned shipboard organization, damage control, and submarine safety and escape procedures.
Davis participated in hands-on training with reality simulators, and practiced firefighting and flood control on board a submarine. Davis also learned about a submarine's basic hydraulic, water and air systems, and practiced escaping from a simulated sinking submarine.
Army Pvt. Jeremy Henry / St. Croix
April 26, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) - Army Pvt. Jeremy O. Henry has arrived at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md., to complete the track vehicle repairer advanced individual training course.
The son of Veronica and Ivan O. Henry of Williams Delight, Frederiksted, he is a 2003 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex Vocational School.
The student will be trained to troubleshoot, repair and maintain mechanical, electrical, air, fuel, brake, steering, transmission assemblies, hydraulic systems, and fire extinguisher and suppression assemblies on tracked vehicles. Also, he will learn to repair gas turbine power and diesel power plants and packs, including compression ignition engine fuel and liquid cooling systems.
Navy Airman Shaeme S. Ramos / St. Croix
April 23, 2004 (Fleet News) - Navy Airman Shaeme S. Ramos, son of Marjorie F. Ramos of Christiansted, recently participated in Operation Vigilant Resolve, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
During the operation, Strike Fighter Squadron 131 and Carrier Air Wing Seven launched F/A-18 Hornets from Ramos' ship and conducted a 20-mm strafing run against an enemy position and dropped two 500-pound laser guided bombs on another enemy position in Fallujah, Iraq. This was the first live ordnance dropped by CVW-7 aircraft since Washington deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Carriers like USS George Washington are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.
Ramos, a 2001 graduate of St. Croix Central High School, joined the Navy in December 2002.
Army Pvt. John Nicholas / St. Croix
April 22, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) - Army Pvt. John A. Nicholas, son of Stella Vigilant of Grove Place, St. Croix, and John Nicholas of Lawton, Okla., 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.
The soldier is a 2003 graduate of Lawton Senior High School, Okla.
Army National Guard Pvt. Jeanelle Turnbull / St. ThomasApril 19, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) - Army National Guard Pvt. Jeanelle Y. Turnbull has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
A 2003 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, Turnbull is the daughter of Germaine Kuntz of St. Thomas.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the same topics as described in detail in the posting above.
Army Pvt. Jeremy Henry / St. Croix

April 19, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) - Army Pvt. Jeremy O. Henry has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
A 2003 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex, Henry is the son of Veronica and Ivan Henry of Williams Delight, Frederiksted.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army topics listed in the above posting.
Army National Guard Pfc. Irwin Leonard / St. Thomas
April 19, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) - Army National Guard Pfc. Irwin J. Leonard has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
A 1997 graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Leonard is the son of Olive Leonard of Annas Retreat, Saint Thomas, and the brother of Donovan Scharmen of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army topics listed in the above posting.
Army National Guard Spec. Kimberlee Penha / St. Thomas
April 19, 2004 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) - Army National Guard Spec. Kimberlee M. Penha has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Penha, the daughter of Rita Farley, and Demetri Penha, both of St. Thomas, graduated in 1990 from Charlotte Amalie High School. She received a bachelor's degree in 2000 from Alabama State University, Montgomery.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army topics listed in the above posting.
Army National Guard Pvt. Cosme J. Harrison
April 1, 2004 (Army & Air Force News) - Army National Guard Pvt. Cosme J. Harrison 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.
Harrison is the son of Kathleen Pero of Ross Taarneberg St., St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and the brother of Shelly Ann Sullivan of Jenny Lane, Garland, Texas. He is a 2003 graduate of Wesleyan Academy, St. Thomas.
Army Pfc. Antonio T. Benjamin Jr.
April 1, 2004 (Army & Air Force News) - Army Pfc. Antonio T. Benjamin Jr. has graduated from the ammunition specialist course at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.
The soldier learned to assist in receipt, storage, issue, maintenance, modification, destruction, and demilitarization of conventional ammunition, munitions and explosive components according to technical and safety directives; performed ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using automated and manual procedures, and operated material handling equipment to maneuver ammunition.
Benjamin Jr. is the son of Rita A. Farley and Antonio J. Benjamin Sr. of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ronald L. Woodcock Jr.
April 1, 2004 (Army & Air Force News) - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ronald L. Woodcock Jr. has graduated from the Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.
The six-week course is designed to instruct technical sergeants in advanced military leadership manage ment theories and responsibilities, oral and written communications skills, and physical fitness fundamentals.
The noncommissioned officer performed as a supervisor to learn behavior concepts, problem solving, and counseling techniques relative to the Air Force mission and organization. The sergeant learned to orientate new service-members in the principles, practices and tools necessary to function in the Air Force.
Woodcock is a facilities maintenance supervisor assigned to the 375th
Civil Engineer Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Ill. He is the son of Ronald L. and Pearline V. Woodcock of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The sergeant is a 1983 graduate of the Seventh Day Adventist School, Charlotte Amalie.
Air Force Maj. Donna M. Rainey
April 1, 2004 (Army & Airforce News) - Air Force Maj. Donna M. Rainey has been named as the Defense Contract Management Agency, Field Grade Officer for the 4th Quarter. Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, significant self-improvement, and other specific achievements and notable accomplishments.
The major is a staff acquisition officer with 12 years of military service.
Her parents, Dave and Dee Warren, reside in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She is the granddaughter of Smokie and Dilla Warren of Oakridge Drive, Odessa, Texas.
Rainey graduated in 1985 from Central High School, San Angelo, Texas, and received a bachelor's degree in 1991 from the University of Texas at Permian Basin, Odessa.
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