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Yeoman 2nd Class Kevin Clark, left, gives documents to Rear Adm. John Jolliffe, the vice commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

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Yeoman 2nd Class Kevin Clark, left, gives documents to Rear Adm. John Jolliffe, the vice commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

Yeoman 2nd Class Kevin Clark, a native of Clearwater, says his Flag Staff Office job at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is comparable to "working in the stock market on Wall Street."

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His fast-paced duties include military correspondence, clerical work, office management, travel coordination, supply work and career counseling.

"I like doing what I do," Clark said. "I like making sure every sailor and military member is taken care of."

Clark's primary responsibilities include tracking correspondence for the chief of staff, flag secretary, deputy commander, and commander, and servicing the travel needs of personnel from seamen to admirals.

Yeoman 1st Class Shawn Croon says Clark is an invaluable part of the time.

"I call him the work horse," said Croon, the flag office's leading petty officer. "He's a hard worker. When he gets a task, he's on it until he's finished and then he's on to the next one."

Clark reported to the command in October 2009 and was originally assigned to work in NAVCENT's administration office.

His outstanding work ethic was recognized by his chain of command, and he was moved to the flag office.

"When he left the regular administration office, he had to turn over his job to three people," Croon said. "He has a lot of impact at the command for a second-class petty officer."

With one-year orders to NAVCENT, Clark is scheduled to transfer in November.

He will be relocating to San Diego and will be serving at his fifth command, aboard the USS Decatur (DDG-73).

"I'd like to pick up my surface warfare pin and be a leading petty officer at sea," Clark said. "I also want to pursue a college degree."

Clark attributes his success at NAVCENT to a love of customer service.

"Positive attitude gets the job done," Clark said.

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Army Reserve 1st Lt. Jeffrey A. Strotman, son of Alex D. and Betty L. Strotman of Clearwater, has been mobilized and activated at Fort Dix, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a member of the 678th Human Resources Company, Louisville, Ky.

The soldiers are normally activated from Army Reserve or Army National Guard units from throughout the country. They go through a series of in-processing procedures and training classes that prepare them for skills and situations they may face in their deployed environment.

Strotman is a human resources officer/commander with 24 years of military service.

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Navy Seaman Ginger Parr, stepdaughter of Laurie Bunce of Largo, recently finished U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Parr completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations," an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Parr is a 2005 graduate of Pinellas Park High, Largo.

Military news in the North Pinellas area 05/22/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 22, 2010 2:05pm]
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