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Navy Airman Serena C. Gray, daughter of Iris Odie of
Upper Marlboro, Md., and William Gray III of Alexandria, recently returned home after a routine, scheduled deployment to the Persian Gulf while assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, based in Norfolk, Va. Gray is a 2003 graduate of Frederick Douglas High School, Upper Marlboro, Md., and joined the Navy in June 2003.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Shayna A. Straughn, daughter of Dereck W. Straughn of Alexandria, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Straughn completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.
Gregory L. Murphy, a partner in the Alexandria office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, has been elected a Fellow of the national American Bar Foundation, one of the highest honors bestowed on an attorney. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges and law professors whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership is limited to one-third of 1 percent of the lawyers licensed to practice in each state.
Army Private Beth A. Morgan, daughter of Florence Morgan of Alexandria, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, Morgan 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.
Christian J. Braunlich has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after completing the Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, Ind. Braunlich was the announced the winner and top cadet of the Noel Dube Arnold Air Society Award, a service organization. This new lieutenant is the son of Christian and Eileen Braunlich of Alexandria, and a 2000 graduate of Hayfield High School.
Two Alexandria residents have been appointed to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees by Gov. Mark Warner. The new members are Thomas A. DePasquale, president and C.E.O. of software service company Outtask Inc., and Nigel W. Morris, who was the president and C.E.O. of Capital One Financial Services until 2003 and has served on such groups as the Governor's Council on Virginia's Future. DePasquale and Morris will serve on the board through June 30, 2008.
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is a state educational agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums.
Army Pvt. Sung H. Kim has graduated from the Defense Language Institute English Language Center at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The graduate received English as a Second Language training in preparation to enter technical training courses in specific career fields conducted by the U.S. military departments. Kim, an infantryman, is the son of Joseph Kim of Alexandria.