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Mount Vernon Military Notes

Marine Corps Pfc. Kaleb M. Madison, son of Kathleen McQueen of Lawton, Okla., and Joseph Madison, of Alexandria, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexander D. Thompson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Thompson is the son of Melissa Thompson of South West Street, Alexandria. He is a 2006 graduate of Westlake High School, Waldorf, Md. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Franklyn A. Zelaya, a 2005 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Navy Seaman Felix K. Tofah, daughter of Afadina Kuenyhia of Alexandria, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Air National Guard Airman Jason R. Bushlow graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Bushlow is the son of Virginia Bushlow of Northwinds Drive, Charlestown, W.Va., and Steve Fletcher of Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. He is a 2007 graduate of Freedom High School, South Riding.

Army Capt. Jeffrey J. Gunlicks has returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., after being deployed to Iraq serving in support of Operation New Dawn. Gunlicks, an officer in charge of the Taji Projects Office attached to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., has served eight years in the military. The captain is a resident of Cannes Court, Alexandria.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph L. Legra has returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., after being deployed to Iraq serving in support of Operation New Dawn. Legra, the command sergeant major with the 275th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Fort Lee, has served 27 years in the military. He is a resident of Ashby Lane, Alexandria.

Air Force Capt. Jason R. Jarecke has arrived for duty at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Linda Dewey of Woodland Hills Drive, Eagle, Neb., and Robert Jarecke of Ambassador Way, Alexandria. Jarecke graduated in 1988 from Pius X High School, Lincoln, Neb., and received a bachelor of arts in 1992 from St. Johns University, Collegeville, Minn. He also earned a master of arts in 2005 from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Air Force Airman Cedrica A. Edwards graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Edwards is the daughter of Concetra Chase of Ponhill Drive, Woodbridge, and granddaughter of Deloris Chase of Jackies Lane, Alexandria. She is a 2011 graduate of Forest Park Senior High School, Woodbridge.

Marine Corps Pfc. Trevion J. Bowers, son of Rebecca Bowers of Hawthorne, Nev., and Allan Burrell, of Alexandria, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Andre Rosario, Jr of Brooklyn, N.Y., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Air Force Airman Alexander T. Konstantinov graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Konstantinov is the son of Elena Konstantinova Simpson of Hallie Rose Street, Alexandria. He is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria.

Marine Corps Pvt. Thomas E. Weyrich, son of Linda and John A. Weyrich of Alexandria, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert H. Dougherty, son of Holly H. Dougherty and Stephen A. Dougherty, both of Alexandria, is currently deployed. Dougherty along with fellow Sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are conducting training and promoting the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign throughout the month of April.

Ramon F. Concepcion has received an Army ROTC scholarship to George Mason University. Scholarship recipients are enrolled as members of the ROTC Corps of Cadets. Concepcion is the son of Ramon and Linda Concepcion of Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle. He graduated in 2010 from Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria.

Marine Corps Pfc. Joshua W. Nickson, son of Master Sgt. Herman Wayne Nickson of Alexandria, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Marine Corps Pvt. Naim K. Olverson, son of Aurelia C. Carr- Olverson of Alexandria and Arthur F. Olverson of Columbia, Md., earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Sarah T. Self-Kyler, daughter of Linda and Burl Self of Alexandria, and fellow Sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) formed a Coalition of Sailors against Destructive decisions committee. CSDD is a peer-to-peer mentoring program geared toward assisting Sailors in making positive decisions in all areas of their lives.

Self-Kyler joined the Navy in May 1999. She is a graduate of U.S Naval academy with a MS degree.

Department of the Army Civilian Kimberly Ross recieved an Army Contracting Command Contracting Excellence Award during the U.S. Army Contracting Command's third annual contracting awards ceremony. Ross is a contract specialist assigned to the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. She is the daughter of Terry Ross of Yuma, Ariz., and Sandra Ross of Alexandria.

Navy Seaman Ashley M. Jessup, daughter of Martha J. Sherrill of Woodbridge, and John H. Jessup of Alexandria, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Jessup is a 2008 graduate of Gar-Field Senior High School of Woodbridge.

Marine Corps Pfc. Sylvia L. Turner, daughter of Dianne M. and Eric D. Turner, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. Turner is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School of Alexandria.

Navy Seaman Recruit Henry S. Wendelin, a 2009 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Navy Seaman Recruit Benjamin Patterson, son of Susan Patterson of Mullica Hill, N. J. and Andrew Patterson, of Alexandria, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Navy Seaman Recruit Kyle W. Roberts, nephew of Sheryl Sims, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Army National Guard Pvt. Stephen E. Offenbacker has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Offenbacker is the son of Connie Offenbacker. He is a 2004 graduate of Centennial High School, Peoria, Ariz.

Army Pvt. Katrice N. Valentine has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Valentine is the daughter of Antwoine Valentine. She is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Princess D. Harvey graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Harvey is the daughter of Regina High. She is a 2011 graduate of West Potomac High School.

Marine Corps Pfc. Jacobo E. Hernandez, son of Irma Y. and Jacobo E. Hernandez of Alexandria, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. Hernandez is a 2012 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Army Reserve Pfc. Dino S. Ponce has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Ponce is the son of Dino Ponce and Linnette Navarett.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald J. Pieper III has graduated from the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C. Pieper is the son of Michelle and Ronald Pieper Jr. He is a 2009 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Brendon S. Sheiry graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Sheiry is the son of John and Laurie Sheiry and a 2011 graduate of Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School, Arlington.

Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Michael Colesanti from Mount Vernon has re-enlisted to continue service with the Company B (Military Intelligence), 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

Marine Corps Pvt. Nozogahl Bekai, son of Marie C. Bekai of Alexandria, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

Marine Corps Pvt. Michael G. Posey, son of Beth and Michael R. Posey of Alexandria, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. Posey is a 2011 graduate of Bishop O'Connell High School of Arlington.

Marine Corps Pvt. Mau E. Knight, brother of Darius J. Faison of Gainesville, Fla. and nephew of Marine Corps Sgt. Michael T. Knight of Alexandria, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. Knight is a 2009 graduate of Pine Ridge High School of Deltona, Fla.

Army Sgt. John R. Hately has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hately is a squad leader assigned to the Fourth Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for three years. He is the son of Michele Parchman of Fort Belvoir. The sergeant is a 2006 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School.

Army Pvt. Christian Parton has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Coast Guard Seaman Elizabeth T. Ellis, a 2008 graduate of West Potomac High School, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J.

Army Pvt. Darius E. Gettridge has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Gettridge is a 2012 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Marine Corps Pfc. Hector J. Gaona Torres, a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Army Reserve Pvt. Malik X. Iriarte has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Iriarte is a 2012 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Tanon O. Tomatipagul graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Tomatipagul is the son of Nitis Olafson of Franconia Station.

Navy Seaman Recruit Osiel A. Montoya, son of Elena Guzman- Arevalo of Burke, and Osiel Montoya of Alexandria, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.