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Military News - 02-02-11

Photo by Julie Wells

Photo by Julie Wells

Xavier A. Carter

Air Force Airman Xavier A. Carter 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.

Carter is the son of Dalphine Browder of Conyers. He is a 2006 graduate of Salem High School.

Randy P. Bray

Air Force Master Sgt. Randy P. Bray is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom, respectively. The soldiers return to Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., for debriefing, evaluations and out-processing procedures before returning to their regularly assigned Army Reserve or National Guard units.

Bray, a structural specialist with 15 years of military service, is regularly assigned to the 633rd Air Base Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

Bray is the son of Charles and Carol Bray of Covington. The master sergeant is a 1995 graduate of Newton High School and a 2004 graduate of Northwest Florida State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree.

Shacura K. Wright

Army Pfc. Shacura K. Wright has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Wright is the daughter of Polly Johnson of Conyers. She is a 2010 graduate of Heritage High School.

Amanda L. DePue

Amanda L. DePue has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 32-day course provides professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve.

DePue is the daughter of Kurtis W. and Julia L. DePue of Covington. She is a 2007 graduate of Loganville Christian Academy.

Stacey E. Wilburn

Stacey E. Wilburn has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

During the 12 weeks of training, the officer candidate received basic soldiering instruction in leadership, professional ethics, soldier team development, combined arms tactics, weapons defense, combat water survival, squad drill, intelligence, field training exercises, day and night land navigation, confidence obstacle course, common core tasks, communications, staff and general military subjects, and physical fitness tests which include 3, 4 and 5-mile runs, and foot marches between 5 to 12 miles carrying rucksacks.

The candidate is tested on leadership skills and teamwork abilities required of a commissioned officer. Students learned to utilize acquired skills to function in "leader and follower" positions in squad and platoon-sized elements, and evaluated in various leadership garrison positions while in a stressful and demanding field environment.

Wilburn has served in the military for five years.

He is the son of Valaida L. and Stacey E. Wilburn of Conyers.