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Military News of Virgin Islanders for June

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 Force Airman Nathaniel Commodore
Air Force Airman Nathaniel Commodore/St. Croix
June 13, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air Force Airman Nathaniel Commodore 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 Sarah Commodore of Williams Delight, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands.
Army National Guard Spec. Charley Charles/St. Thomas
June 13, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Army National Guard Spec. Charley Charles has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
She is the sister of Norma Charles of Lakeview Way, Jonesboro, Ga., and daughter of Albert Charles Sr. of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Charles graduated in 2004 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Army Sgt. Maj. Rouse B. Payne/St. John
June 1, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Army Sgt. Maj. Rouse B. Payne graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.
The nine-month course is considered to be the capstone of noncommissioned officer training, preparing new and prospective sergeants major for duties as senior noncommissioned officers in positions throughout the Department of Defense and allied nation forces. Course completion is mandatory for promotion to the ranks of sergeant major and command sergeant major for members on active duty, National Guard or Reserve.
The curriculum focuses on leadership, communications, resource management, training management, military operations and professional skills at the highest levels throughout the Army. The joint and combined arms perspective is enhanced through course attendance of members from the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and international military services. The class consists of noncommissioned officers in the ranks of master sergeant, sergeant major, command sergeant major and equivalent ranks from other branches of the military and allied nations.
Payne is a senior signal sergeant and has served in the military for 27 years.
He is the son of Fredrick X. and Fredricka G. Payne of Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
His wife, Pamela, is the daughter of Gladys Bennett of Tropic Blvd., Fort Pierce, Fla.
The sergeant master graduated in 1981 from Seventh-day Adventist High School, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Island.
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Marcus S. Reynolds/St. Thomas
June 7, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Marcus S. Reynolds 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 Marcus Reynolds Sr. of Estate Tutu, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Reynolds graduated in 1995 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.

Air National Guard Master Sgt. Renee M. Samuel/St. Croix
June 25, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Air National Guard Master Sgt. Renee M. Samuel has deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to serve in support of Operation New Dawn, formerly named Operation Iraqi Freedom. The servicemember is regularly assigned to the 285th Civil Engineering Squadron at St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
New Dawn signifies a formal end to U.S. military combat operations in Iraq. The transition shifts the U.S. emphasis from predominantly military to predominately civilian as the U.S. officials assist Iraqis in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement.
The three primary missions of U.S. Forces include advising, assisting and training the Iraqi Security Forces; conducting partnered counterterrorism operations; and providing support to provincial reconstruction teams and civilian partners as they help build Iraq’s civil capacity.
Samuel, a cyber surety superintendent with 18 years of military service, is a resident of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
She is the daughter of Rubio and Leona Samuel of Calquohoun, St. Croix.
Her daughter, Akileh Frett, resides on S.W. 27th Ave., Ocala, Fla.
In 2000 and 2001, the master sergeant received associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.
Army Spec. Hubert T. Davis/St. Croix
June 25, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) – Army Spec. Hubert T. Davis has returned to Fort Richardson, Alaska, after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldier is one of 100 members of the 23rd Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
The unit, known as "the Guardians," served in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, and specialized in clearing roads of mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
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 on terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U. S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Central Asia, the Arabian penninsula, islands in the Pacific and Europe.
The soldier is a signal support systems specialist and has served in the military for 10 years.
He is the son of Patricia E. Hamilton of Marchbanks Place, Hope Mills, N.C., and Hubert H. Davis of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Davis graduated in 1998 from Southview Senior High School, Hope Mill, N.C.

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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 Force Airman Nathaniel Commodore
Air Force Airman Nathaniel Commodore/St. Croix
June 13, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Air Force Airman Nathaniel Commodore 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 Sarah Commodore of Williams Delight, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands.
Army National Guard Spec. Charley Charles/St. Thomas
June 13, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Army National Guard Spec. Charley Charles has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
She is the sister of Norma Charles of Lakeview Way, Jonesboro, Ga., and daughter of Albert Charles Sr. of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Charles graduated in 2004 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, and received a bachelor's degree in 2009 from Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Army Sgt. Maj. Rouse B. Payne/St. John
June 1, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Army Sgt. Maj. Rouse B. Payne graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.
The nine-month course is considered to be the capstone of noncommissioned officer training, preparing new and prospective sergeants major for duties as senior noncommissioned officers in positions throughout the Department of Defense and allied nation forces. Course completion is mandatory for promotion to the ranks of sergeant major and command sergeant major for members on active duty, National Guard or Reserve.
The curriculum focuses on leadership, communications, resource management, training management, military operations and professional skills at the highest levels throughout the Army. The joint and combined arms perspective is enhanced through course attendance of members from the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and international military services. The class consists of noncommissioned officers in the ranks of master sergeant, sergeant major, command sergeant major and equivalent ranks from other branches of the military and allied nations.
Payne is a senior signal sergeant and has served in the military for 27 years.
He is the son of Fredrick X. and Fredricka G. Payne of Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
His wife, Pamela, is the daughter of Gladys Bennett of Tropic Blvd., Fort Pierce, Fla.
The sergeant master graduated in 1981 from Seventh-day Adventist High School, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Island.
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Marcus S. Reynolds/St. Thomas
June 7, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Marcus S. Reynolds 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 Marcus Reynolds Sr. of Estate Tutu, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Reynolds graduated in 1995 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.
Air National Guard Master Sgt. Renee M. Samuel/St. Croix
June 25, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Air National Guard Master Sgt. Renee M. Samuel has deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to serve in support of Operation New Dawn, formerly named Operation Iraqi Freedom. The servicemember is regularly assigned to the 285th Civil Engineering Squadron at St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
New Dawn signifies a formal end to U.S. military combat operations in Iraq. The transition shifts the U.S. emphasis from predominantly military to predominately civilian as the U.S. officials assist Iraqis in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement.
The three primary missions of U.S. Forces include advising, assisting and training the Iraqi Security Forces; conducting partnered counterterrorism operations; and providing support to provincial reconstruction teams and civilian partners as they help build Iraq's civil capacity.
Samuel, a cyber surety superintendent with 18 years of military service, is a resident of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
She is the daughter of Rubio and Leona Samuel of Calquohoun, St. Croix.
Her daughter, Akileh Frett, resides on S.W. 27th Ave., Ocala, Fla.
In 2000 and 2001, the master sergeant received associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.
Army Spec. Hubert T. Davis/St. Croix
June 25, 2011 (Joint Hometown News Service) - Army Spec. Hubert T. Davis has returned to Fort Richardson, Alaska, after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldier is one of 100 members of the 23rd Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
The unit, known as "the Guardians," served in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, and specialized in clearing roads of mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
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 on terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U. S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Central Asia, the Arabian penninsula, islands in the Pacific and Europe.
The soldier is a signal support systems specialist and has served in the military for 10 years.
He is the son of Patricia E. Hamilton of Marchbanks Place, Hope Mills, N.C., and Hubert H. Davis of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Davis graduated in 1998 from Southview Senior High School, Hope Mill, N.C.