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Military Briefs - May 4, 2015

Jones promoted to SCANG major

Posted: May 3, 2015 12:40 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Mike Jones, of Camden, received his promotion to major in the S.C. Army National Guard in December.

Michael (Mike) Jones of Camden, commander of Bravo Company Recruiting and Retention Battalion for the S.C. Army National Guard, in Camden, was promoted in December to the rank of major by Lt. Col. Matthew Fryman, Battalion Commander.

Major Jones has been in the military for more than 26 years. The promotion brings added responsibility as the Bravo Company commander. Major Jones is responsible for the recruiting of new soldiers, retention of current soldiers, and training of new recruits for basic training.

In civilian live, Major Jones is the owner of Freedom First Outfitters in Camden. He is a lifelong resident of Kershaw County.

He and his wife, Terry have six children: Mike Jr., Megan, Summer, Shan, Nathaniel and Brooke. They also have one grandchild, Maci.

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Army Pvt. Neono B. Thompson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Thompson 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.

Thompson is the son of Ernest D. Thompson of Albany, Ga. and Yawanda C. Thompson of Camden, S.C., and ward of Lucy K. Mims of Albany, Ga.

He is a 2014 graduate of Westover High School, Albany, Ga.

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Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Christopher V. Lawson, the ward of Darion Hutcherson of Lugoff, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Lawson 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.

Lawson is also the son of Virgil Lawson of Summerton and Patricia G. Reeves of Columbia; grandson of Whilemenia Griffin of Coral Drive; and nephew of Barbara White and Wilistine Lagree of Columbia.

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Reuben D. Davidson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Davidson completed an intensive, eight-week program which 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.

Davidson is the brother of Teresa N. Davidson of Elgin, the son of Alvin and Yvonne H. Davidson of Columbia, and nephew of Yolanda Boller of Summerville and Bobby Edwards of Sumter.

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Air Force Airman Jawuan X. Gary graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Gary 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.

Gary is the son of Melissa A. Jones, grandson of Nellie M. Jones, nephew of Judy Miller and Tracey Manigo, and cousin of Ashley Jones, all of Camden He is a 2014 graduate of Camden High School.

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U.S. Air National Guard Airman Taliah E. Thomas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Thomas 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.

Thomas is the daughter of Uneala Stovall of Elgin, and Terrance Thomas of Nokesville, Va. She is also the granddaughter of Elizabeth Thomas of Florence, and Mildred Gallishaw of Andrews, and niece of Urica Pope-Floyd of Columbia.

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Army Pvt. Mikell R. Fox has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

During the nine-week training period, Fox received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

Fox is the son of Chester E. Fox and Donna R. Tuttle, both of Lugoff.

He is a 2010 graduate of Lugoff Eglin High School.

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Army Pvt. Wesley T. Reynolds has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Reynolds studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, 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.

Reynolds is the grandson of Hammond P. Gibson of Ridgeway and Hazel Reynolds of Lugoff.

He is a 2012 graduate of Lugoff Elgin High School.

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Army Pvt. Bruce A. Cross has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Cross 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.

Cross is the son of Cora L. Cross of Camden.

He is a 2014 graduate of Camden High School.

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Army Pvt. David J. Caughman has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Caughman 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.

Caughman is the son of James Caughman of Camden.

He is a 2009 graduate of Camden High School.

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