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Completion of training

The following former residents of south Pinellas County have completed basic training:

Army Pvt. Jawon T. Chance, son of John H. and Cynthia L. Chance of St. Petersburg, completed training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 1993 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Richard J. Deuber, son of Richard T. and Terry M. Deuber of St. Petersburg, and Navy Seaman Recruit Jessica R. Howell, daughter of Fannie L. Howell, also of St. Petersburg, have completed training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Deuber is a 1994 graduate of Northeast High School, and Howell is a 1991 graduate of St. Petersburg High School.

Graduations

Army Pvt. Randy D. Applegate, son of Cynthia R. Applegate of St. Petersburg and Richard W. Applegate of Naples, Fla., has graduated with honors from AIT School at Fort Sill, Okla. He is serving in Germany. Applegate attended Boca Ciega High School.

Navy Hospitalman Recruit William O. Avery, son of Richard C. and Carmen J. Avery of St. Petersburg, has graduated from the Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego.

Promotions

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian J. Contento, son of Trish A. Contento of St. Petersburg, was promoted to his present rank while serving aboard the guided missile frigate USS Aubrey Fitch, based in Mayport. He is a 1991 graduate of Forest High School in Ocala.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. James R. Gironda, son of June M. Gironda of St. Petersburg, was promoted to his present rank while serving as an automated operation systems engineer at Offut Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb. He is a 1982 graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School.

Deployments and Assignments

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christine L. Collins, daughter of Milda and Robert Collins of St. Petersburg, was promoted to her present rank while serving at Naval Air Station Bermuda. She is being reassigned to San Diego aboard the anti-missile destroyer Curtis Wilber WESTPAC Fleet. Collins is a 1991 graduate of Boca Ciega High School.

Navy Seaman Geraldine M. Collins, daughter of Milda and Robert Collins of St. Petersburg, has been promoted to her present rank while assigned to Supreme Allied Command Atlantic NATO. Her assignment will be extended at SACLANT through 1997. Collins is a 1988 graduate of Boca Ciega High School.

Army National Guard Sgt. Robert G. McKnight of Pinellas Park is serving with the 53rd Signal Detachment, Tampa, as a multichannel communications equipment operator. He had served in the Army.

Air Force Senior Airman Richard A. Zichichi, son of Dolly Tickell of St. Petersburg and Nick Zichichi of Seminole, was assigned duty at 35th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. He is a 1988 graduate of Osceola High School and a 1990 graduate of the Arts Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

Military News is published in Wednesday's City Times. Entries include military personnel from St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Gulfport, Kenneth City, South Pasadena and the gulf beaches. Information may be submitted to Darrell Cutshall, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Please include a photo if available and your return address.

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