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Military briefs

By Staff
July 23, 2004
Willie E. Hearn a former resident of Meridian, recently retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years of honorable service.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal for 20 years of service; five Army Commendation Medals for numerous deployments during wartime missions; three Army Achievement Medals; two National Defense Service Medals; North Atlantic Treaty Organization medal, Korean Service Medal, Southwest Asia Medal with three bronze service stars; Kuwait Liberation Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; six Good Conduct Medals and an Army Service Medal.
He retired from Fort George G. Meade Maryland on July 10. He currently resides in Bowie, Md. He will attend the Police Academy of Montgomery County, Md.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Roger L. Bankhead, son of Mary L. and James Nash of Philadelphia, and more than 2,100 Marines and sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit recently deployed with the Belleiau Wood Expeditionary Strike Group to the Western Pacific and Central Command area of responsibility in support of the global war on terrorism.
Bankhead's unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment.
MEUs are built around a reinforced infantry battalion, a combat service support element, a reinforced helicopter squadron and a command element. With its complement of fully integrated air and ground forces, Bankhead's unit is ready to conduct real-world operations including amphibious, heliborne, and boat raids; tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel; noncombatant evacuation operations; and humanitarian assistance operations.
Bankhead is a 2002 graduate of Neshoba Central High School in Philadelphia.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alicia Carter, daughter of Argie Mae and Johnny Carter of Shubuta, was recently selected as Most Improved Recruiter of the Quarter and Zone 2 Recruiter of the Month at Navy Recruiting District Miami, Sunrise, Fla.
Carter was chosen as the top performer from among all recruiters assigned to the command and was cited for outstanding professional accomplishment, proficiency, leadership, initiative and military bearing.
Carter is a 1997 graduate of Quitman High School of Quitman and joined the Navy in November 1997.
Marine Corps Pfc. Milton L. Jones Jr., son of Alberta and Milton L. Jones Sr. of Heidelberg, recently completed a training exercise near Djibouti, Africa, while assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Jones is one of more than 4,000 Pacific Fleet Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the ships of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.
Jones' unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. MEUs are composed of more than 2,000 personnel and are divided into an infantry battalion, aircraft squadron, support group and command element. With this combination, Jones' unit supplies and sustains itself for quick mission accomplishment and for clearing the way for follow-up forces.
Jones is a 2001 graduate of Heidelberg High School and joined the Marine Corps in September 2001.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrea L. Johnson, son of Guss Johnson of Macon, and his shipmates recently participated in Combined Joint Task Force Exercise 03-2 in preparation for a routine, scheduled deployment while assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt, homeported in Mayport, Fla.
The exercise presented U.S. and multinational forces with realistic and dynamic exercise scenarios that closely replicated operational challenges military forces routinely encounter around the world.
It was designed to provide high quality, realistic training to prepare U.S. forces for joint and combined operations. The exercise also provided the opportunity to certify the USS John F. Kennedy carrier strike group before its upcoming overseas deployment.
USS Roosevelt is a multi-mission, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface combatant. The combat systems center around the multi-function phased radar, and also use an advanced anti-submarine warfare system and Tomahawk and advanced anti-aircraft missiles.
Johnson is one of more than 7,600 sailors and Marines aboard the ships of the carrier strike group, training to carry out America's ongoing operations in the global war on terrorism.
Johnson joined the Navy in July 1998.

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