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Air Force Airman Derek D. Hopkins, a 2007 graduate of Dunedin High, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

He is the son of Susan Tamme of Palm Harbor and Dan Hopkins of Columbus, Ohio.

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Army Reserve Pvt. Dustin W. Schatz, son of Mary Clauson of Largo, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the 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.

Schatz earned distinction as an honor graduate.

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Army Sgt. Alejandro J. Martinez, son of Mabel Vabre of Clearwater, has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Martinez, a squad leader with six years of military service, is normally assigned to the 404th Aviation Support Battalion, 4th Infantry, Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.

The sergeant is a 2001 graduate of Clearwater High School.


Navy Seaman Maxwell T. Crews, son of Anita L. Jones of Clearwater and Charles S. Crews of Jacksonville, completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Crews 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.

The seaman also participated in "Battle Stations," an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Crews is a 2007 graduate of Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville.

Updates on military personnel 08/02/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:07am]
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