Navy Chief Petty Officer Gerald L. Wheeler, son of Patricia A. and Lyman G. Wheeler of Pinellas Park, attached to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, recently received the Rear Admiral Eugene J. Peltier Award for 2012. Units selected for this award are recognized leaders in the Naval construction force in safety, overall performance, readiness, construction accomplishment, equipment management, logistics programs, retention and training. He joined the Navy in May 1989.
Navy Airman Erin B. Myers, daughter of Penny L. Myers of Seminole, and other fellow sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, recently got under way after a four-day port visit to Jebel Ali, Dubai. During the visit, Myers experienced the local culture through tours and community engagement projects such as reading books to children at a special-needs school. She joined the Navy in April 2012.
Army Spec. Kerry R. Murphy, son of Tamiko Rose of St. Petersburg, has returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Murphy is a signal support systems specialist assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He is a 2009 graduate of Gibbs High School and has served in the military for three years.