Virgin Island Warriors at Best

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                                                      Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronnie Reynolds

           By Shannon Collins

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronnie Reynolds, son of Margret Reynolds, Williams Delight, St. Croix, was one of 24 soldiers selected Army wide to compeFORT LEE, Va. - Deep within the wooded confines of this military encampment, the son of a St. Croix woman has a map, compass, rifle, physical endurance and depth of tactical knowledge to propel him through the rigors of competing against the Army's top soldiers.te in the Best Warrior competition. The event is an annual competition where 12 noncommissioned officers and 12 junior soldiers from the Army's 12 major commands demonstrate their proficiencies in skills critical to the success of every soldier. Soldiers selected for the competition mastered a series of benchmarks throughout the year and won in their local command levels in order to be selected to compete for Army-wide Best Warrior competition.

Reynolds is a small group leader with the U.S. Army Medical Department NCO Academy, located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He said he was honored to represent his unit at Best Warrior.
"It meant a lot, and I'm glad they had faith in me to represent them, the Army Medical Department," said Reynolds, a 1996 graduate of St. Croix Central High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa.
Reynolds said his family inspires him to compete and that he will continue to compete to test himself to see how he stacks up to his peers.
Best Warrior events included a physical training test, land navigation, urban warfare simulations, Army aptitude tests and a number of tasks deemed essential for survival on the battlefield in today's operating environment, such as casualty evaluation and weapons marksmanship. Some soldiers exercised two to three hours per day, running five to eight miles, lifting weights, marching with more than 100 pounds of gear on their backs, training on their weapons at the shooting range, practicing land navigation and more to prepare for the annual competition.

Yet Another

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Air National Guard Airman Jalisa M. Richardson 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 earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Richardson is the daughter of Brenda Jenkins of Cleveland, Ohio.
She is a 2008 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
 

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 March 20, 2013 Anniesha C Paul

Air Force Airman Anniesha C Paul graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Paul is the daughter of AnneMarie Stuart and granddaughter of Alexandrine Laurent, both of Estate Lovenlund, Charlotte Amarlie.
She is a 2011 graduate of Charlotte Amarlie High School.

Standing Tall


Vernon J. Forbes


Vernon J. Forbes has been promoted to the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
Forbes is a vehicle operator dispatcher assigned to the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The technical sergeant has served in the military for 18 years.
He is the son of Ena C. Spencer of Lindberg Bay, and Cecil O. Forbes Sr. of Contant, both of St. Thomas.
Forbes graduated in 1994 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.

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May is Military Awareness Month


Virgin Islands Veterans Memorial Park

By Gene Harper, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON -- Both chambers of the U.S. Congress have adopted a resolution calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. service members during May's National Military Appreciation Month.

Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, along with 16 cosponsors, introduced Concurrent Resolution No. 328 in the House in November. The Senate agreed to it without amendment and by unanimous consent April 26.

The resolution states that the House, with the Senate concurring, "supports the goals and objectives of a National Military Appreciation Month." It also "urges the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States, localities, organizations and media to annually observe" the month "with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Finally, the resolution urges the White House Commission on Remembrance to "work to support the goals and objectives" of the month.
The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 designating National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration summoned U.S. citizens to observe the month "in a symbol of unity, … to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace."
Armed Forces Day, created in 1949, is an annual event held on the third Saturday in May, with activities at U.S. military bases around the world. This year's celebration occurs May 15.

The month culminates with Memorial Day, a federal holiday on the last Monday in May. The day, dating from the Civil War era, traditionally has marked recognition of those who have died in service to the nation. Each year on Memorial Day, the White House Commission on Remembrance promotes one minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to honor the military's fallen comrades and to pay tribute to the sacrifices by the nation's service members and veterans.
 

New Commitments at Patrick U. George Post

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands May 5th 2012
 

Patrick U. George, American Legion Post 90 held installation ceremonies, and now has a full contingent of officers. These Men and women will conduct the affairs of the post for another year. With Flag Day, Memorial Day activities and new initiatives spurned from renewed optimism. The pictures are of individuals who were elected in April.These are the Comrades then: Hollis Benjamin is now Commander, Martin Tuohy the First vice Commander. Next Florinell F.Joseph the Second vice Commander, Irma C. George, Adjutant. Ramon L. Ortiz, Sr. is re-elected to the position of Finance Officer as was Orville A. Crossley to Sergeant At-Arms. James O. Hendrington is the new Chaplain and Yvonne B. Francis the Historian. Stedman Hodge holds the Judge Advocate opening and Rudolph Garfield the Service Officer.

                                                                                                                                                     

A Decorated Virgin Islands Airman

On February 4, 1944, the Bronze Star medal was authorized by Congress to be awarded to members of all branches of military service and may be awarded either for combat heroism or for meritorious service. 
 Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon J. Forbes has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal.
The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious acts or achievements, or distinguished service not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
Forbes earned the medal for serving as a convoy commander during Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a vehicle operator dispatcher assigned to the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The technical sergeant has served in the military for 17 years.
Forbes is the son of Ena Spencer of Lindbergh Bay, and Cecil O. Forbes Sr., both of St. Thomas.
He graduated in 1994 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.