Gearing Is Lieutenant

In service

March 17, 1991

James T. Gearing Jr. has been commissioned a second lieutenant underthe Air Force early commissioning program.

The program allows a cadet who has completed all the military science requirements for early commissioning to become a member of either an Air Force guard or reserve unit.

This allows the new officer to continue working toward a bachelor's degree.

Gearing is a full-time student of the University of Delaware, Newark.

The son of James T. and Janet L. Gearing of Arnold,he is a 1986 graduate of Broadneck Senior High School.


Navy Seaman Recruit Shawn R. Carpenter, a 1986 graduate of Annapolis High school, completed training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego.

During Carpenter's eight-week training cycle, he studied general military subjects designed to prepare him for further academic and on-the-job training in one of the Navy's 85 basic fields.


Three area servicemen recently completed training at the U.S. Army Infantry school, Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.:

* Private William D. Childs Jr., son of Janet and William Childs of Annapolis, a 1990 graduate of Broadneck Senior High school.

* Private William I Butler, son of Effie and William Butler of Severn, a 1990 graduate of Meade Senior High school.

* Private Scott W. Burke, son of Dennis A. and Marsha A. Burke of Riva, a 1990 graduate of South River High school, Edgewater.


Army National Guard Pvt. Joel F. Francis has completed a utility(UH-1) helicopter repair course at Fort Rucker, Daleville, Ala.

The course was designed to provide enlisted personnel with a working knowledge in organizational, direct and general support maintenance on the UH-1 helicopter. Personnel were trained in the duties of crew chief and record keeper.

Francis is the son of N. Kay Francis of Crownsville.


Army Reserve Pvt. Christopher K. Schwartz has graduated from the single channel radio operator course at Fort Gordon, Augusta, Ga.

Soldiers were trained to install, operate, and perform operator maintenance on tactical radioteletype sets and associated power generating equipment.

Schwartz is the son of James D. Schwartz of Fort George G. Meade and Connie J. Schwartz of Jessup. He is a 1988graduate of Arundel Senior High school.


Navy Ensigns John K. Bast, son of Ben J. and Betty A. Bast of Millersville, and C. W. Villareal, son of Claro C. and Margaret M. Villareal ofAnnapolis, have completed the Basic Surface Warfare Officer's Course.

Both completed the 18-week course Surface Warfare Officers school course, Best in San Diego, and Villareal in Newport, R. I.

They were taught how to perform as a watch and division officer aboard Navy ships.

Each received extensive instructions on the duties of an underway officer of the deck, which included shiphandling and maneuvering in formation under simulated battle conditions. He also studied radar detection, tracking and plotting of enemy aircraft, ships and missiles; communication; damage control and shipboard organization.

Best is a 1986 graduate of Severna Park High school and a 1990 graduate of The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.

Villareal is a 1985 graduate of St. Mary's High school and a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.


Navy Lt. Brent J. Flaskerud,whose wife, Audrey, is the daughter of Salvatore Ciccia of Millersville, has received a master of science degree. The degree was receivedupon Flaskerud's graduation from the Naval Postgraduate school (NPS)in Monterey, Calif., which is the only naval institution of its kindin the world and provided him with courses of study in a variety of scientific, management and engineering fields.

He is also a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.


Sgt. Timothy S. Hardesty has graduated from a noncommissioned officer leadership school.

The sergeant studied techniques of leadership, management and supervision.

He is an aircrew life support specialist at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.

Hardesty is the son of Charles andMary Weatherstine of Londonderry Drive, Glen Burnie.

He is a 1985graduate of Glen Burnie High school.

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