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Military briefs - Dec. 17, 2012

CMA graduates continue training

Posted: December 16, 2012 12:59 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Christopher N. Rodriguez, a 2012 Camden Military Academy (CMA) graduate, has enrolled in the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program at Marion Military Institute, Ala. Upon graduation and completion of ROTC Military Science courses at the host university, Rodriguez will receive a bachelor’s degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

At the host college or university, ROTC cadets receive training in leadership, management skills and military science courses needed to be an Army officer or a successful citizen in a civilian career. The program trains cadets to succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators, who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments.

Rodriguez’s family lives in Hinesville, Ga.

Also, Navy Seaman Apprentice Abhinau Mamindla, who graduated from CMA in 2011, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Mamindla completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ‘‘Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into  account what it means to be a sailor.

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin E. Fogle graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Fogle completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Fogle is the son of Karen and David Fogle of Elgin, and a 2008 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School, Lugoff.

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