Military news: 2 complete basic training

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 21, 2016

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Elizabeth R. Reeps graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Reeps is the daughter of Amy E. Reeps of Cleveland, and niece of Rachel M. Harrington of Charlotte.

She is a 2015 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte.

Completes training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob W. Freeman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Freeman earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the son of Wayne and Diane Freeman of Salisbury.

The airman graduated in 2010 from South Rowan High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2014 from Appalachian State University, Boone.

Search and rescue

Near Kuantan, Malaysia, Lt. Leland Comer, from Salisbury, a critical care nurse assigned to hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), assesses a simulated patient during a Pacific Partnership 2016 search and rescue exercise aboard Mercy.

During the exercise, Pacific Partnership and Malaysian Armed Forces personnel worked together to respond to a simulated maritime distress call resulting from a typhoon.

The event concluded Pacific Partnership’s mission stop in Kuantan, Malaysia. Mercy is en route to its final mission stop in Padang, Indonesia. Upon arrival, partner nations will work side-by-side with local military and non-government organizations to conduct cooperative health engagements, community relation events, subject matter expert exchanges and a SAR exercise to better prepare for natural disaster or crisis.

Aboard carrier

Near Yokosuka, Japan, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Brandon Matthew, from Rockwell, unravels a JP-5 fuel hose in aviation fueling station 11 for Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

According to Matthew, the inspection will include a click test, which runs electricity through wires inside the hose to harden and inflate the hose to take on fuel.

Ronald Reagan provides a combat-ready force, which protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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