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Military briefs - Aug. 1, 2012

Whitehouse retires from Air Force after 22 years

Posted: July 31, 2012 5:59 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Master Sgt. Ricky L. Whitehouse

Master Sgt. Ricky L. Whitehouse retired from the U.S. Air Force on July 20 after serving his country for 22 years.

Whitehouse entered the Air Force in 1990. Upon completion of Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas, he began technical training at Keesler AFB in Missouri as an Aircraft Guidance and Control Specialist. He completed training in July 1991 and reported to the 437th AW AFB in Charleston, S.C. During this initial assignment, Whitehouse performed avionics maintenance on the C-141B and C-17A aircraft for 9 years.

In Oct. 2000, McChord AFB in Washington became the next stop where he and his family spent a brief two years together. In Jan. 2003, he was selected for a tour at Kunsan AFB in South Korea. Upon his return to the U.S., he was stationed at Holloman AFB in New Mexico. While at Holloman, he performed duties culminating as the F-117A Avionics Flight Superintendent/Flight Chief. He was also recognized as the 49th FW Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez winner and inducted into the Society of the Nighthawk. In Aug. 2008, he and his family made their final move to Dover AFB in Delaware where he proudly served as the Avionics Flight NCOIC and the 436 MXS Additional Duty First Sergeant.

He married his wife Shelly in 1995 and the couples have two children, a daughter named Mackenzie and a son named Alec. Sgt. Whitehouse is the son of Richard and Linda Whitehouse of Lugoff.

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Civilian Mark A. Provencher, son of Sherry and Richard Provencher of Lugoff, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N.C.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Provencher will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Casandra M. Johnson-Ralph, daughter of Julie J. Matsapto of Elgin, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

During the five-week course, Johnson-Ralph received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Johnson-Ralph also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.

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Army National Guard Pfc. Steven A. Mitchell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Mitchell studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Mitchell is the grandson of Mary-Ann Peebles of Camden, and is 2010 graduate of Camden High School.

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Army Reserve Spec. DeVone A. Patterson has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Mitchell studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Patterson is the grandson of Arlean Patterson and nephew of Gail Brown, both of Belton Court, Camden, S.C.

He is a 2003 graduate of Westminster High School, Md.

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