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Navy Seaman Orlando A. Mendez received the Battle Efficiency Ribbon while on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy. He is the son of Mary L. and Orlando A. Mendez, Tampa, and a 1995 graduate of Leto High School.

Marine Staff Sgt. Fred A. McCue graduated from the Utilities Chief Course. He is a 1985 graduate of Tampa Bay Vocational High School, Tampa.

Marine Pfc. Ronnie L. Crump graduated from the Unit Diary Clerk's Course at Personnel Administration School, Marine Corps Service Support Schools, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is the son of Mable Y. and Ronnie L. Crump, Tampa, and a 1997 graduate of Bloomingdale High School, Valrico.

Airman Nitisha Quinones graduated from the financial management apprentice course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. She is the daughter of Alda E. and Charlie W. Byrd, Tampa, and a 1997 graduate of Jefferson High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Alisha E. Mounts completed the cryptologic linguist course at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center at Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, Calif. She is the daughter of Debby E. Mounts, Valrico, and a 1992 graduate of Bloomingdale High School.

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