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Military News of Virgin Islanders – April 2005

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.
Navy Airman Ray D. Ralph/St. Thomas
April 27, 2005(Fleet Hometown News Center)–Navy Airman Ray D. Ralph, son of Charles W. Ralph of St. Thomas, V. I., and his shipmates recently made a port visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates during a routine Western Pacific deployment while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, homeported in San Diego.
USS Bonhomme Richard deployed as Expeditionary Strike Group Five's flagship and embarked Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of the global war on terrorism.
The primary mission of Ralph's ship is to embark, deploy and land elements of a Marine landing force by helicopter, landing craft air cushion or amphibious assault vehicle. USS Bonhomme Richard is deploying under the Navy's new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan.
Ralph is a 2003 graduate of St. Petersburg High School of St.
Petersburg, Fla. and joined the Navy in January 2004.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Radford F. Chinnery/St. Thomas
April 25, 2005(Fleet Hometown News Center)–Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Radford F. Chinnery, a 1988 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School,
Charlotte Amalie, V. I., recently returned from a routine scheduled deployment, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, homeported in Norfolk, Va. Chinnery and more than 7, 600 of his fellow shipmates of the Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG), deployed in support of the global war on terrorism.
Carriers like the Harry S. Truman 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.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dexter A. Suarez/St. Croix
April 25, 2005(Fleet Hometown News Center)–Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dexter A. Suarez, son of George B. Suarez of Frederiksted, V. I., recently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom while attached to Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 24, the Dixie Doers, home based in Huntsville, AL.
During the deployment, Suarez's unit will be providing maintenance and project support for the II Marine Expeditionary Force located in the Al Anbar Province of Western Iraq. NMCB 24's tasking will include runway joint repair, bridge building, roadway construction and repair, hut construction, camp upgrades, logistical support and Tactical Movement Teams.
Suarez's unit specializes in advance base construction, battle damage repair, contingency engineering, humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery support around the world.
Suarez joined the Navy in February 2001.
Navy Lt. j. g. Kathleen A. Charles/St. Thomas
April 25, 2005(Fleet Hometown News Center)– Navy Lt. j. g. Kathleen A. Charles, daughter of Vera and Winston Charles of St. Thomas, V. I., recently returned from a routine scheduled deployment, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk, Va.
Charles and more than 7, 600 of her fellow shipmates of the Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG), deployed in support of the global war on terrorism.
Carriers like the Harry S. Truman 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.
Charles is a 1988 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School of St.
Thomas, V. I. and joined the Navy in May 1989. She is a graduate of Tulane University, New Orleans, La. with a BSM degree.
Army Pvt. Channel B. Hector/St.John
April 25, 2005 – (Army & Air Force Hometown News)– Army Pvt. Channel B. Hector has graduated from the Automated Logistical Specialist Advanced Individual Training (AIT) course at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Center and School, Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.
The course is designed to train soldiers to establish and maintain stock records and other documents such as inventory, materiel control, accounting and support reports, automated and manual accounting records; perform stock record/warehouse functions pertaining to receipt, storage, distribution and issue and maintain equipment records and parts; review and verify bills of lading, contracts, and purchase orders; repair and construct shipping crates for equipment and supplies, and perform prescribed loads and shop stock lists in manual and automated supply applications.
She is the granddaughter of Helena E. and David Augustin of Enighed Pond Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The private is a 2004 graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
US Marine Corps. Cpl. Calvern A. Williams/St. Thomas
April 20, 2005 (Submitted by Adonis Williams) – US Marine Corps. Cpl Calvern A. Williams will be deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom this summer. This is his third deployment, his second to a combat zone. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in December of 2003. He is the son of Alfred and Burnet Williams of St.Thomas. He is a 2002 graduate of the Charlotte Amalie High School and joined the Marine Corps in June of 2002. He is currently stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
David E. Bruce Jr./St. Croix
April 05, 2005 (Fleet Hometown News Center) – Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David E. Bruce, Jr, son of Jo-Anne and David E. Bruce of St. Croix, V. I., recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, home ported in Mayport, Fla.
Bruce joined the Navy in December 2001.
Airman Norwilton Murray / St. Croix
April 4, 2005 (Army & Air Force Hometown News) -Air Force Airman Norwilton V. Murray, son of Janiese Kelly of Kingshill, St. Croix, 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; 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.
Army Pvt. Samir Maldonado/St. Croix
April 5, 2005 – (Army & Air Force Hometown News) Army Pvt. Samir Maldonado has graduated from the Multiple Launch Rocket System Repairer Advanced Individual Training course at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.
The course is designed to train soldiers to operate, test, troubleshoot, repair, replace, and maintain electrical, hydraulic and mechanical assemblies, cables, modules, and components on multiple launch rocket systems. The systems include the self-propelled launcher-loader, launcher pod-container and related testing, training and ancillary equipment.
Maldonado is the son of Carmen and Louis I. Maldonado of Cliffton Hill, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
In 2004, the airman graduated from St. Croix Central High School.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David E. Bruce Jr./St. Croix
April 05, 2005(Fleet Hometown News Center)–Navy Petty O
fficer 3rd Class David E. Bruce Jr, son of Jo-Anne and David E. Bruce of St. Croix, V.I., recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, home ported in Mayport, Fla.
Bruce joined the Navy in December 2001.
Air Force Airman Everton A. Gardiner/St. Thomas
April 6, 2005 (Army & Air Force Hometown News)– Air Force Airman Everton A. Gardiner has graduated from the First Term Airman Center at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. The center assists first term, first-duty station airmen to transition from the controlled environment of basic military training and technical school to a self-disciplined, mission-oriented environment.
The center provides a streamlined process for base and unit in-processing to help airmen understand how they fit in at their duty station. For 30 days, the airmen are mentored and supervised at the center by staff leaders who help airmen with schedules, in-processing appointments, and ensure attendance to all mission-oriented briefings, meetings, training and tours. The staff leaders also advise on military protocol, personnel and professional matters and provide counseling when disciplinary actions are warranted.
The airmen also spend five to seven days conducting work details, including base clean up and baggage handling. After 30 days, the airmen receive a certificate of accomplishment and report to their duty section ready to be trained in their job specialty without interruption.
Gardiner is a maintenance scheduling apprentice assigned to the 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.
He is the former ward of Ethel V. Trotman of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
The airman is a 2004 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.
Army Pvt. Mickey F. Joseph/St. Croix
April 6, 2005 (Army & Air Force Hometown News)– Army Pvt. Mickey F. Joseph has graduated from the Utilities Equipment Repairer Advanced Individual Training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md.
The student learned to perform maintenance, test, repair, adjust, and inspect gasoline engine systems, utility equipment and special purpose support systems; including, bottle cleaning/charging stations, air conditioning electrical and vapor systems, refrigeration unit electrical systems, portable heater fuel/electrical systems, and fire extinguisher rechargers and valves.
He is the son of Rosa Pascal of Williams Delight St., Frederiksted, Virgin Islands.
Joseph is a 2004 graduate of the St. Croix Educational Complex, Frederiksted.

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