Marine Corps Pfc. Brandon P. Huber, son of Danette G. and Daniel P. Huber of Thayer, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
During the five-week course, Huber received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Huber also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.
Huber will accompany Marine infantry forces to build roads, set up camps and fortify living areas.
Huber is a 2002 graduate of Thayer High School and joined the Marine Corps in March 2003,
Navy Seaman Rommel A. Serrano, son of Rosalinda A. Smith of Melbourne, recently participated in a 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable Certifica-tion Exercise off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.
SOCEX afforded Serrano and members of his unit the opportunity to participate in a wide range of skills necessary for handling various landing craft aboard the Essex.
Completing the SOCEX certifies the 31st MEU to execute 23 specific capabilities, including boat, helicopter and mechanized infantry raids, amphibious assaults, tactical recoveries of aircraft and personnel, and on combatant evacuation operations.
USS Essex supports amphibious operations using landing craft air cushions, which are specially designed hovercraft that travel above land and sea surfaces and deliver vehicles and equipment. The ship also has conventional landing craft and helicopters, and is equipped with medical facilities staffed by Navy doctors, dentists, nurses and corpsmen.
Serrano is a 2000 graduate of Cord-Charlotte High School in Charlotte, Ark., and joined the Navy in September 2001.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chris O. Fort, son of Susan L. Redwine of Thayer and Skip K. Fort of Pocahontas, Ark., recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Iraq while assigned to Company "K", 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, based in Memphis, Tenn.
While in Iraq, Fort's unit assisted in America's ongoing effort to support local police, establish a government that is representative of the people, stabilize the economy and create the groundwork for democracy.
The 4th Marine Division is the largest ground combat element in the Marine Corps and is comprised of approximately 22,000 Marines based in 42 states. The unit's primary mission is to provide trained combat and combat support personnel and units to augment and reinforce the active Marine component in time of war or national emergency.
Fort is a 1998 graduate of Pocahontas High School and joined the Marine Corps in January 2000.
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