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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 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 Shervin S. Williams
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Shervin S. Williams/St. Croix
Nov. 18, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Shervin S. Williams 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 Clive Williams of Estate Concor, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Norma I. Cruz-Roland/St. Croix
Nov. 1, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air Force Staff Sgt. Norma I. Cruz-Roland has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.
Cruz-Roland is a client systems technician regularly assigned to the 52nd Communications Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The sergeant has served in the military for seven years.
She is the daughter of Ana M. Soto of 21 Estate Diamond Ruby, and sister of Carmen Cruz of 27 Estate Diamond Ruby, both St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Cruz-Roland graduated in 2003 from St. Croix Central High School.
Navy Seaman Gabriel A. Perez/St. Croix
Nov. 1, 2010 (Fleet Hometown News Center) – Navy Seaman Gabriel A. Perez, son of Marisol Nolasco of Frederiksted, V. I. and Fernando Perez, Jr. of Orlando, Fla., alongside approximately 500 sailors, recently deployed aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD-15) home ported in Norfolk, Va., in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Pakistan.
Ponce is attached to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which consists of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU).
Kearsarge ARG will report directly to Expeditionary Strike Group 5, which is responsible for all amphibious forces deployed to Fifth Fleet.
Perez is a 2008 graduate of Colonial High School of Orlando, Fla. and joined the Navy in July 2008.
For more information on USS Ponce, please visit www.ponce.navy.mil and www.navy.mil.
Danielle A. Christian Graduates from Army ROTC Leader Assessment Course /St. Croix
Nov. 13, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Danielle A. Christian has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.
Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.
Christian is the daughter of Judy V. Christian of Mount Pleasant, Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands.
She is a 2007 graduate of St. Croix Central High School, Kingshill, U.S.V.I.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Shantee S. Sookraj
Air Force Airman 1st Class Shantee S. Sookraj/St. Croix
Nov. 20, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air Force Airman 1st Class Shantee S. Sookraj 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.
Sookraj is the daughter of Sylvia Sookraj of Kingshill, Virginia Islands, and niece of Errol Heerawan of Estate Enfield Green, Frederiksted, V.I.
The airman is a 2009 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex High School, Frederiksted.
Vinay X. Ramsay Graduates from Army ROTC Leader Assessment Course/St. Thomas
Nov. 24, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Vinay X. Ramsay has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.
Cadets in their junior and senior years of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course and the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.
He is the son of Xavia M. and Louvina R. Ramsay of Mandahl Street, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ramsay is a 2007 graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas.

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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 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 Shervin S. Williams
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Shervin S. Williams/St. Croix
Nov. 18, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Shervin S. Williams 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 Clive Williams of Estate Concor, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Norma I. Cruz-Roland/St. Croix
Nov. 1, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Air Force Staff Sgt. Norma I. Cruz-Roland has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.
Cruz-Roland is a client systems technician regularly assigned to the 52nd Communications Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The sergeant has served in the military for seven years.
She is the daughter of Ana M. Soto of 21 Estate Diamond Ruby, and sister of Carmen Cruz of 27 Estate Diamond Ruby, both St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Cruz-Roland graduated in 2003 from St. Croix Central High School.
Navy Seaman Gabriel A. Perez/St. Croix
Nov. 1, 2010 (Fleet Hometown News Center) - Navy Seaman Gabriel A. Perez, son of Marisol Nolasco of Frederiksted, V. I. and Fernando Perez, Jr. of Orlando, Fla., alongside approximately 500 sailors, recently deployed aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD-15) home ported in Norfolk, Va., in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Pakistan.
Ponce is attached to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which consists of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU).
Kearsarge ARG will report directly to Expeditionary Strike Group 5, which is responsible for all amphibious forces deployed to Fifth Fleet.
Perez is a 2008 graduate of Colonial High School of Orlando, Fla. and joined the Navy in July 2008.
For more information on USS Ponce, please visit www.ponce.navy.mil and www.navy.mil.
Danielle A. Christian Graduates from Army ROTC Leader Assessment Course /St. Croix
Nov. 13, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Danielle A. Christian has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.
Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.
Christian is the daughter of Judy V. Christian of Mount Pleasant, Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands.
She is a 2007 graduate of St. Croix Central High School, Kingshill, U.S.V.I.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Shantee S. Sookraj
Air Force Airman 1st Class Shantee S. Sookraj/St. Croix
Nov. 20, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Air Force Airman 1st Class Shantee S. Sookraj 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.
Sookraj is the daughter of Sylvia Sookraj of Kingshill, Virginia Islands, and niece of Errol Heerawan of Estate Enfield Green, Frederiksted, V.I.
The airman is a 2009 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex High School, Frederiksted.
Vinay X. Ramsay Graduates from Army ROTC Leader Assessment Course/St. Thomas
Nov. 24, 2010 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Vinay X. Ramsay has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.
Cadets in their junior and senior years of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course and the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.
He is the son of Xavia M. and Louvina R. Ramsay of Mandahl Street, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ramsay is a 2007 graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas.