Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

Military news for Tampa Bay area

Army Pfc. Luis I. Murillo, son of Manuel Murillo of Bartow and brother of Irma Murillo of Pinellas Park, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Navy Seaman Andrew S. Walker, son of Juli M. Pierce of Brooksville and John B. Walker of St. Petersburg, has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Walker is a 2012 graduate of Northeast High School.

Navy Airman Kayla J. Kennedy, daughter of Jennifer C. and stepdaughter of Gary Harkins of Largo, has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Kennedy is a 2012 graduate of Largo High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Matthew P. Lansing, son of Samantha A. and Scott L. Sturgeon of St. Petersburg, has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Lansing is a 2012 graduate of Northeast High School.

Army Pfc. Cara N. Cservak has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Cservak is a 2006 graduate of Largo High School.

Army Pvt. Josh C. Hubley, son of Tim and Judy Hubley of Largo and grandson of Otis and Teddi Tipton of Piqua, Ohio, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2006 graduate of Largo High School.

The following sailors assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group recently arrived in Norfolk, Va., following a 7 1/2 month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and Arabian seas.

• Navy Seaman Crystal J. Rone, a 2003 graduate of Boca Ciega High School

• Navy Fireman Victoria L. Perez, daughter of Lora L. Tierney of St. Petersburg and John W. Tierney of Norborne, Mo., and 2007 graduate of Pinellas Park High School

• Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rebecca C. Torres Alicea, daughter of Donna Alicea of St. Petersburg and Luis Alicea of Tampa and 2002 graduate of Boca Ciega High School

• Navy Petty Officer 1st Class William A. Urpsis, son of Louise and William Urpsis of St. Petersburg

• Navy Seaman Cassidy T. Sullivan, daughter of Teri L. Sullivan of Treasure Island and Maurice J. Sullivan of Spring Arbor, Mich.

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