Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey M. Diaz, husband of Anne Diaz, son of Carol E. Diaz of Largo, and brother of Ron Knight of Overland Park, Kan., has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to support the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Diaz, a senior intelligence analyst with 22 years of military service, is normally assigned to the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Polk, Leesville, La.
The sergeant received a bachelor's degree in 1994 from Park University, Parkville, Mo.
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Army Pvt. Kory J. Black, a 2003 graduate of Clearwater High, graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.
Over the course of nine weeks, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train indirect fire infantry soldiers to employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate, neutralize and extract mines; map reading and ground navigation; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct and camouflage mortar firing positions; operate and maintain mortars and fire control equipment for individual/crew served weapons firing positions.
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Army Pvt. Dezire D. Lane, daughter of Pamela Lane of Palm Harbor, and granddaughter of Diane Amerson of Buffalo, N.Y., 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, 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.
Lane is a 2007 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School.