Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda B. Rhodes, daughter of Mary Brown of St. Petersburg, recently returned from a 190-day deployment in the Western Pacific aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, home base San Diego. She is an aviation boatswain's mate and works in aircraft firefighting, which provides emergency response to the flight deck. She is a 1999 graduate of Pinellas Park High School.
Coast Guard Fireman Apprentice Charles M. Anderson, son of Lori and Chuck C. Anderson of South Pasadena, has graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. He is a 2001 graduate of Gibbs High School.
Marine Corps Pvt. Javier A. Cano, son of Yolanda C. Vidal and Juan A. Cano of St. Petersburg, has completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is a 2003 graduate of Lakewood High School.
Marine Cpl. Joshua D. Gougeon, son of Debra L. Brown of St. Petersburg, recently was promoted to his current rank. He serves with Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Marine Pvt. Christopher A. Weil, son of Cindy A. and Lester L. Weil of St. Petersburg, has completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
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