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Basic training

Pvt. Anthony Smuz Jr. recently graduated from boot camp at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and is stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He is the son of Karen Smuz, New Port Richey, and Anthony Smuz Sr., Dunedin. Smuz is a 1997 graduate of Gulf High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Trevor W. Maki recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes. He is the son of John K. and Alda L. Maki, New Port Richey, and a 1997 graduate of Gulf High School.

Deployments

Marine Cpl. Christopher S. Crowell recently departed on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the ships of the USS Wasp Amphibious Ready Group. He is the son of Malcolm and Paula L. Crowell, New Port Richey, and a 1995 graduate of Ridgewood High School. Crowell joined the Marine Corps in July 1995.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Luis Torres recently visited Singapore and Thailand while on a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf aboard the destroyer USS Russell. He is the son of Ivelisse Acosta, Hudson, and a 1996 graduate of Hudson High School. Torres joined the Navy in June 1996.

Marine Lance Cpl. Stanley P. Miller recently completed a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 251, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. His wife, Jacqueline, is the daughter of Shawn and Theresa Slagle of Dade City. He is a 1995 graduate of Hernando High School and joined the Marine Corps in August 1996.

Navy Seaman Joseph E. Hennessey recently completed a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. He is the son of Linda McCord, Port Richey, and a 1993 graduate of Ridgewood High School. Hennessey joined the Navy in June 1993.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Alain H. Cigliano recently completed a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard the dock landing ship USS Ashland, part of the USS Guam Amphibious Ready Group. He is the son of Henri G. Cigliano, Hudson, and joined the Navy in September.

Other

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark A. Williams recently received the Battle Efficiency Ribbon while on a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. He is the son of Bruce W. and Annette Williams, Holiday, and a 1994 graduate of Gulf High School. Williams joined the Navy in June 1994.

Navy Seaman Joseph E. Hennessey recently received the Battle Efficiency Ribbon while on a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. He is the son of Linda McCord, Port Richey, and a 1993 graduate of Ridgewood High School. Hennessey joined the Navy in June 1993.

Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Watts recently reported for duty at Marine Corps Recruiting Station Eastern Pennsylvania, New Cumberland, Pa. He is the son of Nina J. Kilgore, Port Richey, and joined the Marine Corps in May 1985.

Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Kevin H. Licursi is currently aboard the destroyer USS Carney in the Arabian Gulf. He is the son of Angelo and Barbara Licursi, New Port Richey, and a 1977 graduate of Dunedin High School. Licursi is a 21-year Navy veteran.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffery A. Scott recently helped the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay with the 1997 Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet Air Warfare Excellence Award. He is the son of Steven and Diana Thiel, New Port Richey, and a 1991 graduate of Gulf High School. Scott joined the Navy in November 1997.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel M. Holden recently participated in Exercise Valant Usher while serving aboard the amphibious assault ship and flagship USS Belleau Wood. He is the son of Eleanor M. Gilroy, New Port Richey, and joined the Navy in May 1985.

Marine Pfc. John H. Hazel recently completed the logistic vehicle systems operator course. He is the son of John H. Hazel, New Port Richey, and a 1997 graduate of River Ridge High School. Hazel joined the Marine Corps in July 1997.

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