* Jason E. Shepard and Wayne N. Lockwood have enlisted in...

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July 26, 1992

* Jason E. Shepard and Wayne N. Lockwood have enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve's Delayed Training Program.

A Westminster High School senior, Shepard will take basic and advanced individual training at Fort McClellan, Ala., beginning Oct. 9. He is the son of Darlene Bosley of Westminster.

Mr. Shepard has chosen chemical operations specialist as his occupational specialty and will be assigned to the HHC 11 Special Forces Group.

Mr. Lockwood, son of Larry and Amy Lockwood of Reisterstown, Baltimore County, is a WHS graduate.

He will report for basic and advanced individual training Aug. 26 at Fort Benning, Ga.

He has chosen the infantry as his military occupational specialty and will be assigned to the 314th In Bn.

* Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Robert T. Abel is in the Persian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence, home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, and is midway through a six-month deployment.

He recently visited Sydney, Australia, where crew members took part in the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea celebration.

This is the second time the carrier has operated in the Gulf since Iraq invaded Kuwait. During Operation Desert Shield, the 80,000 ton warship was the first carrier to enter the Persian Gulf in 17 years.

The carrier is like a floating city. The electrical plant produces enough electricity to power a city of 40,000 people, while the fresh water plant provides the crew with 380,000 gallons of fresh water daily. USS

Independence, a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier, has an overall length of 1,070 feet and extreme width of 252 feet. The ship's flight deck spans more than 4.1 acres.

Petty Officer Abel will continue to participate in various operations and training exercises as the deployment continues.

A 1980 graduate of Upper Moreland High School, Willow Grove, Pa., he joined the Navy in August 1980.

His wife, Vicki, is the daughter of Raymond S. and Maryann Spangler of Westminster.

* Marine Pvt. Joshua A. Courtney, son of Joseph A. Courtney of Mount Airy, has completed the Basic Equipment Mechanic Course.

During the course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C., he studied the inspection, maintenance and repair of engineering and earth moving equipment used by the Marine Corps.

He also received instruction on gasoline and diesel engine trouble-shooting, hydraulic, clutch and brake systems and related repair shop safety measures.

The 1991 graduate of South Carroll High School joined the

Marine Corps Reserves in July 1990.

* Marine 2nd Lt. Kurt G. Ebaugh, son of Carl E. Ebaugh of Linwood, recently was commissioned upon graduation from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program.

During each undergraduate semester at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., officer candidates completed naval science courses as well as a full academic schedule that led to a degree. These courses, combined with annual summer training aboard ships and shore installations, served to prepare NROTC graduates for the duties and responsibilities of a commissioned officer.

G; He is a 1985 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School.

FTC * Marine Lance Cpls. Dale A. LaRue and Mark T. Thurston recently returned with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C., following a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean.

The Marines were embarked aboard the ships of the USS Inchon Mediterranean Amphibious Ready Group. They participated in various operations and training exercises, including Operation Dragon Hammer '92 off the coast of Italy.

During the NATO exercise, the five amphibious ships of the MARG joined forces with Spanish, British, Italian and Greek amphibious ships to form the largest amphibious task force assembled in the Mediterranean in the past decade.

Port visits were made to several places, including Constanta, Romania; Samsun, Turkey; Burgas, Bulgaria and Rota, Spain.

Corporal LaRue is the son of Raymond A. and Linda L. LaRue of Mount Airy. His wife, Kathy, is the daughter of Doris Kolbe of Westminster.

A 1985 South Carroll High School graduate, he joined the Marine Corps in March 1989.

L Corporal Thurston is the son of Peggy L. Merson of Woodbine.

L He is a 1988 graduate of Glenelg High School, Howard County.

* Marine Sgt. Sean C. Culton was recently promoted to hi current rank while serving with Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Va.

A 1987 graduate of Westminster High School, he joined the Marine Corps in August 1987.

Marine Pfc. Matthew J. Friedel, son of Larry J. and Elizabeth N. Friedel of Taneytown, recently deployed with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif. for six months to Okinawa, Japan.

Private Friedel will participate in various exercises designed to challenge the unit's mission readiness, to include amphibious warfare training.

Additionally, he will have the opportunity to train in jungle warfare while on Okinawa.

The 1991 graduate of Francis Scott Key joined the Marine Corps in June 1991.

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael A. Van Vleck, son of Richard Van Vleck of Taneytown, recently received the Safe Driving Award.

Corporal Van Vleck was cited for diligence and professionalism with Headquarters Battalion, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Arlington, Va., where he is currently assigned.

The award is presented for operating government vehicles for 10,000 miles without incident.

The 1989 graduate of Bradley Bourbonais Community High School joined the Marine Corps in May 1990.

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