Harris Learns Explosives

Service notes

June 23, 1991

Navy Lt. John D. Harris, a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, recently completed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

The course covers use of publications, applied physical principles, explosive effects, safety precautions, storage, handling and transportation of explosives, tools and equipment maintenance, basics of demolition, chemical agents, and personnel protection, radiation detection equipment and control.


Airman First Class George L. Lawton has graduated from the information management specialist course at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi,Miss.

Lawton is the son of retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Brian L. Lawton of Severn, and Payau Lawton of Madison, Ala.

He is a 1989 graduate of Lawton High School.


The following area servicemen recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy:

* Navy Ensign Kristen B. Fabry, daughter of Navy Capt. and Mrs. Steven E. Fabry of Annapolis, graduated with a bachelor's degree in English.

* Navy Ensign Daniel R. Gawitt, a 1986 graduate of Severna Park High School, graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science.

* Navy Ensign Julie A. Hansen, daughter of Frieda I. and Bendt H. Hansen Sr. of Edgewater, graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

* Navy Ensign Jennifer C. Taitt, daughter of Charles W. and Paula C. Taitt of Severna Park, graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. She is a 1987 graduate of Severna Park High School.

* Marine 2nd Lt. Preston W. Jones, son of Dale B. and Mary L. Jones of Arnold, graduated with a bachelor's degree in naval architecture.

* Navy Ensign Paul I. Bowen, son of Linnell R. and Paul I Bowen Jr. of Davidsonville, graduated with a bachelor's degree in oceanography.

* Navy Ensign Kimberly L. Church, daughter of David E. and Charlotte C. Church of Annapolis, graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. She is a 1986 graduate of Annapolis Senior High School.


Michael C. Arrington, son of Sherry Medley of Annapolis, has joined the Army under the Delayed Entry Program.

Arringtonreports for basic and advanced individual training as a unit supply specialist at Fort Jackson, S.C., in September. He is also qualified to receive $17,000 from the Army College Fund upon completion of his two-year enlistment.

Arrington recently graduated from Annapolis Senior High School.


During a change of command ceremony in the Naval Academy's new Alumni Hall at 10 a.m. on June 15, Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch relieved Rear Admiral Virgil L. Hill Jr. as superintendent of the academy.

Following his three-year tour at the academy, Hill, a North Carolina native who graduated from the academy in 1961 with distinction, will report to Norfolk, Va.,as commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force. Hill will be responsible for test and evaluation of Navy material and equipment, reporting directly to the chief of naval operations in Washington, D.C.

Lynch became the 54th superintendent. The Lima, Ohio, native, reported to the academy from Mayport, Fla., where he was commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Twelve. During this assignment, he was deployed tothe Mediterranean and Red Sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS DwightD. Eisenhower as battle group commander. Lynch commanded this group,which was first on the scene to provide naval firepower after the August 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

As a midshipman at the academy, he was brigade boxing champion and captain of the 1963 football team, which went 9-2, recording victories over Michigan, Notre Dame and Army before losing to Texas, 28-6, in the 1964 Cotton Bowl. He graduated from the academy with distinction in 1964.

Lynch is a graduateof the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., and has earned a master's degree in industrial management from George Washington University.


Army Reserve Pvt. William E. Beahm, son of Patricia Wieland of Pasadena, and Pvt. Andy H. Steen, son of Joseph G. and Marjorie Steen of Annapolis, recently completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Steen is a 1991 graduate of Broadneck Senior High School.


The following area servicemen recently returned from deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Dessert Storm:

* Marine Cpl. Thomas J. Dunker, son of Robert L. and Rebecca R. Dunker of Glen Burnie. He is a 1986 graduateof Glen Burnie High School.

* Marine Petty Officer Third Class Anthony W. Fitzwater, son of Linda L. Fitzwater of Severn. He is a 1988graduate of Old Mill Senior High School.

* Marine Lance Cpl. Homer E. Gardner, a 1989 graduate of Arundel High School of Gambrills.


Marine Cpl. John S. Herwick, son of KatherineE. and John S. Herwick Jr. of Arnold, has completed the Marine CorpsBasic Combat Engineer Course.

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