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Military Briefs - July 17, 2015

Cook, Farlett graduate from West Point

Posted: July 16, 2015 5:12 p.m.
Updated: July 17, 2015 1:00 a.m.


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Cadets Joshua Cook and Johnmark Farlett, both of Lugoff, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., recently.

Cook is the son of Don and Teresa Cook; Farlett is the son of Mark and Dianne Farlett.

Cook graduated from Camden High School in 2010.

While at West Point, Cook concentrated his studies in mechanical engineering with a focus in aerospace. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the engineer branch and will attend the Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., prior to arriving at his first duty station at Fort Benning, Ga., with the 20th Engineer Brigade.

2nd Lt. Cook served in the cadet leadership positions of team leader, squad leader and section leader during the academic year, as well as company commander within the Summer Garrision Regiment. His summer training included cadet troop leader training at Fort Jackson, where he assisted with basic training, and a summer internship at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tuscon, Ariz.

2nd Lt. Cook was a recruited member of the Army men’s tennis team where he was a three-year letter winner. During his four years on the team, it earned three gold stars (victories against Navy) and two conference championships, each resulting in a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Farlett graduated as a Distinguished Cadet and earned the Superintendent’s Award for Achievement.

While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in Life Science. Farlett was also commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the Medical Services branch and will report to the Univesrity of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia in August.

The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train and inspire the corps of cadets so each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of duty, honor, country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the national as an officer in the United States Army.


Private First Class Alexis Nicole Robinson, daughter of Ronnie and Trish Robinson of Bethune, completed basic training May 7 at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

Robinson is a 2011 North Central High School graduate. She also graduated from Florence Darlington Tech where she earned an associates degree in dentistry.

Robinson is also the granddaughter of Almeter Robinson of Bethune, and Ruby McQullar of Bishopville.


Army Pvt. Alexander T. Whitmore has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

During the nine-week training period, Whitmore 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.

Whitmore graduated in 2014 from Camden Military Academy, Camden.


Army Pvt. Trevon Gibbs has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson.

During the nine weeks of training, Gibbs 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.

Gibbs is the son of Sharon Gibbs of Camden and a 2014 graduate of Camden High School.


Air Force Airman 1st Class Chad E. Pate graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Pate 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.

Pate is the son-in-law of Richard Nicholas of Elgin.


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