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Pinellas military news for Oct. 24

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Army Pvt. Sean L. Wiseley, son of Mike D. Wiseley of Palm Harbor and Maureen L. Sweeney of San Diego, graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, near Lawton, Okla. The field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.

The course is designed to train students to establish, maintain, and operate radio and wire communications and speech security equipment, including encoding and decoding messages. They also must prepare and maintain daily staff journals, fire support situation maps, charts and other fire support and target processing procedures, records, and documents. In addition, students assist in initiating requests for field artillery, mortar, naval gunfire and aerial delivered munitions, and emplace, maintain, and assist in the operation of laser range finders, target designation and night observation devices.

The private is a 2009 graduate of Valley High, Escondido, Calif.

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Melvin Manning of Belleair Bluffs was elected to the position of United States Coast Guard Auxiliary District Seven Captain West. He is currently serving in the capacity of USCG Auxiliary Division 11 Commander which encompasses the area from Madeira Beach to Hudson. His associated Coast Guard Station is Sand Key.

In his new position, Manning will work directly with five divisions from the west coast of Florida encompassing an area from Naples north to Ocala. His associated Coast Guard Stations include all of those covered by USCG Sector St. Petersburg that include Fort Myers Beach, Cortez, St. Petersburg, Sand Key and Yankeetown.

Manning attended the University of Richmond undergraduate and law. He received a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1964 and is admitted to practice in several courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He retired in 1995 as senior partner from a Virginia law firm and relocated to Florida.

For the next 12 years, Manning served as executive director of a labor relations association that handled contract negotiations, mediation and dispute resolution for unionized transportation companies and the IBT (teamsters union). In addition, he holds a U.S. Guard Masters License with sailing and towing endorsements.

He served eight years in the Army Reserve, first in the Signal Corps and then in the Staff Judge Advocate Section of the 80th Division Headquarters United States Army Reserve. While in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, he held elected positions at the flotilla and division level and appointed offices at the district, division and flotilla level. He is active in several missions of the USCG Auxiliary and was a member of the District 7/Atlantic East International Search and Rescue Team in 2006. He averages more than 2,000 hours per year in volunteer activity for the USCG Auxiliary.

Manning and his wife Susan have a home in Belleair Bluffs, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. The couple have three adult children.

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Navy Seaman Adam N. Radan, son of Nicola J. Perry of Clearwater, was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Radan received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases 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.

Radan is a 2007 graduate of Hargrave Military Academy of Chatham, Va.

Pinellas military news for Oct. 24 10/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:57am]

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