Five Complete Training In Texas

September 23, 1990

In service

The following area servicemen recently graduated from basic military training:

* Airman Andrew P. Harris, son of Timothy H. Harris of Annapolis and Sara K. Porter of Meriden, Conn., completed training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

* Army Reserve Pvt. Matthew M. Butkiewicz, son of Edward J. and Sylvia M. Butkiewicz of Glen Burnie, completed training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

* Army Reserve Pvt. Anthony N. Arbo, son of Brently X. and Lorriane M. Arbo of Hanover, completed training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

* Pfc. Thomas L. Williams, son of Erlean S. Houston of Monroe, La., and Thomas L. Williams of Severn, completed training at Fort Sill, Okla.

* Coast Guard Fireman Apprentice Nancy K. Simcox, daughter of Joyce A. Simcox of Crofton, completed Coast Guard recruit training.


Area servicemen recently participated in Operation "Sharp Edge" while serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan, homeported in Norfolk, Va.

"Sharp Edge," a non-combatant evacuation operation, was organized to initiate protection of American citizens foreign nationals from the port city of Buchanan and U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia. The servicemen were:

* Navy Petty Officer 1st Class William J. Briggs, son of Linda L. Honke of Crofton.

* Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth B. Nicoll, whose wife, Elizabeth, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lon J. Miller of Annapolis. He is a 1980 graduate of Fort Meade High School.

* Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Robert E. Catterton, a 1973 graduate of Brooklyn Park High School.

* Navy Fireman Jason B. Dalton, son of Joan M. Kennedy of Baltimore. He is a graduate of Southern Senior High School.

* Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael E. Cambell, a 1969 graduate of Arundel Senior High School.

The operation was the largest conducted by the Navy and Marine Corps team which placed more than 100 American citizens and 1,600 foreign nationals aboard the ships participating in the Joint Task force.


Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class David N. Cullen, son of John E. Cullen III of Edgewater, is currently deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield while serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Operation Desert Shield is the largest deployment of U.S. military forces since Vietnam. The operation is in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and threat to Saudi Arabia.

A 1983 graduate of South River High School, he joined the Navy in July 1986.


Marine Lance Cpl. Eugene A. Booker, son of Eugene A. and Beverly Booker of Baltimore, was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.

The medal signifies honest and faithful service during a three-year period. To earn it, Booker achieved and maintained a satisfactory level of performance and an unblemished conduct record for the entire period.

He is currently serving with Station Operations and Maintenance Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Santa Ana, Calif.


The U.S. Coast Guard Supply Center Curtis Bay, located at the Cost Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, welcomed its second commanding officer on Aug. 17 Capt. J. Frederick Ver Planck relieved Capt. Richard Cook as the commanding officer of Supply Center Curtis Bay. Cook will assume duties as chief, Contract Support Division, Office of Acquisition at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Coast Guard commissioned Supply Center Curtis Bay on April 7, 1989. It is a tenant command of the Coast Guard Yard, the service's only shipyard. Supply Center Curtis Bay employs 200 civilian and 110 military personnel. The Supply Center manages $59 million in inventory of ships' spare parts and $20 million annually in services and materials.


Cadet Andrew C. Benson has completed training in fundamental military skills at the Army ROTC Camp Challenge at Fort Knox, Ky.

Camp Challenge is designed to give college juniors and sophomores who have not taken ROTC courses the chance to enter the program. The camp also qualified high school graduates for the ROTC program at any of the nation's six military junior colleges.

During the encampment, cadets received training in basic rifle marksmanship, military drill and ceremonies, communications, and individual and small unit tactics.

The cadet is a student at the University of Delaware.

He is the son of Robert L. and Kathleen P. Benson of Millersville.

The cadet is a 1988 graduate of Old Mill High School.


Army ROTC Cadet Julie M. Cleland has graduated from the Army nurse summer training program at Camp Perry, Ohio. Dubbed "Camp Nurse Challenge," it is conducted annually to familiarize nursing students with basic military and medical skills expected of nurses in a field or combat environment.

The nursing students now go to one of 27 Army hospitals where they will receive five weeks of specialized training.

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