Army Reserve Maj. Wendy H. Weinell, daughter of Debbie V. Rutherford of St. Petersburg, has returned to the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Dallas, after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Weinell is a civil affairs officer with 16 years of military service and has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for supporting the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom. Weinell is a 1989 graduate of Gibbs High School, and she received a bachelor's degree from Florida State University in 1993.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark A. Rivera, son of Miguelina Rivera and Randy Benner, both of St. Petersburg, has deployed to the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to serve as a member of Joint Task Force-GTMO in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rivera has served in the military for five years and is a 1997 graduate of Lakewood High School.
Army Pvt. D'Lloydian T. Baker, son of Latona E. Harris of St. Petersburg, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Baker earned distinction as an honor graduate and is a 2008 graduate of Boca Ciega High School.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Alexander J. Buettell, son of Michelle M. Buettell and stepson of Bill W. Landi of St. Petersburg, and brother of Andrew K. Buettell of Seminole, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Buettell received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Buettell is a 2007 graduate of Osceola High School.
Navy Reserve Seaman Patricia M. Stanton recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Stanton completed a variety of training that 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. Stanton is a 1988 graduate of Northeast High School.