Marine Sgt. William J. Craig, son of William and Irene Craig of Sykesville, recently returned from a seven-month deployment to the Mediterranean and west coast of Africa while serving with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based in Camp Lejeune and New River, N.C.
The Marines and sailors of the 26th MEU participated in exercises in Spain, Turkey, Gibraltar and also participated in Operation Sharp Edge in Liberia.
Operation Shart Edge involved supporting the American Embassy in Liberia and evacuating U.S. citizens and nationalities several times a week. They also provided humanitarian assistance byh airlifting food, water, fuel and medical supplies.
BOX COMPLETES TRAINING
Navy Seaman Recruit Robert E. Box, son of Carl and Judy Box of Mt. Airy, has completed recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill.
During Box's eight-week training cycle, he studied general military subjects designedto prepare him for further academic and on-the-job training in one of the NAVY's 85 basic fields.
REELEY FINISHES COURSE
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffrey L. Reeley, a 1987 graduate of Atholton High School, completed the fire control technician course.
Reeley, who joined the Navy in August 1989, was trained to operate and maintain the fire control system and associated tactical and non-tactical equipment.
ASH IS NAVY FIREMAN
Navy Fireman Recruit Benjamin M. Ash, sonof James Ash of Columbia, has completed recruit training at San Diego.
A 1989 graduatae of Mt. Hebron High School, he joined the Navy in November 1990.
STORM VETERAN RETURNS
Navy Seaman Matthew D. Williams, son of Comelia Skippton of Glenwood, recently returned from deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Deserta Storm while serving aboard the combat store ship USS Sylvania, based in Norfolk, Va.
Williams joined the Navy in September 1989.