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Military briefs - March 4, 2013

CMA grads become Marines

Posted: March 3, 2013 2:04 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Hunter W. Fitch and Pfc. Robert S. Semmler, both 2012 graduates of Camden Military Academy, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.

For 13 weeks, Fitch and Semmler stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Fitch and Semmler endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

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Joshua Bonner Funderburk of Lugoff has been named to the Commandant’s Distinguished Service List at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

Citadel cadets named to the Commandant’s List are recognized for having made the most positive contributions to their platoon, company, battalion, or staff, the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel during the previous semester.

Funderburk, a Civil Engineering major, is a member of Bravo Company.

The Citadel, founded in 1842, is a public, coeducational military college in Charleston, S.C., that offers a classic military education for young men and women seeking a college experience that is intense, meaningful and academically strong. With the core values of honor, duty and respect, The Citadel prepares principled leaders for the military as well as the global workplace.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Jacob R. Jenkins, son of Ginger N. and Rodney L. Jenkins of Camden, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.

For 13 weeks, Jenkins stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Jenkins endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Jenkins is a 2011 graduate of Camden High School.

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Army Sgt. Rhoda A. Matthew, sister of Arsenio Henderson of Cassatt, has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Matthew is a squad leader assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. She has served in the military for six years.

 

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