Coast Guard Auxiliary team wins awards
Dudley Davis of Tarpon Springs, William Kelly of Hudson and Peter Palmieri of Largo, all members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 11, recently received awards for their performance in search and rescue competition. The team swept the local and area competition and earned the right to represent the district in competition in Yorktown, Va.
The competition included search and rescue planning, on the water search and rescue exercise; search and rescue pump operations, marlinespike, heaving line and damage control.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard created by Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America's Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service's missions.
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Anthony A. Egger, son of Joseph P. and Fontayne P. Egger of Clearwater, graduated from the Army ROTC Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.
The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarships and attend the advanced ROTC course at their college.
The cadet is a 2010 graduate of Clearwater High and attends the University of South Florida, Tampa.
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Army Pvt. Robert C. Kleisley, son of Erin Schleyer and stepson of Joe Cater of Clearwater, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.