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In Uniform

In UniformOct. 23 , 2008 Alex Messam, Matthew Massey, David Carlen
By Observer News Staff
Oct 23, 2008 - 10:21:45 AM

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Alex D. Messam
Army Pfc. Alex D. Messam has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, ­Columbia, SC.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received ­instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Messam is the son of Winsome Messam of Kings Lake Drive, Gibsonton, FL. The private is a 2006 graduate of East Bay High School, Gibsonton.

Matthew H. Massey, Jr
Coast Guard Seaman Matthew H. Massey, Jr, grandson of Harvey Massey of Sun City Center, FL, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, NJ.
During the eight-week training program, Massey completed a vigorous  training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on  water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship  skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship. A major emphasis is  also placed on physical fitness, health and wellness.
Massey and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard’s  core values -- honor, respect and devotion to duty -- and how to apply  them in their military performance and personal conduct. Massey will join 36,000 other men and women who comprise Coast Guard’s force.
Men and women train together from the first day in the Coast Guard just as they do aboard ships and shore units throughout the world. To reinforce the team concept, Massey, and other recruits were trained in preventing sexual harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, civil rights training, and  the basics of the work-life balance, as well as total quality management.
 Massey is a 2003 graduate of River Ridge High School of New Port Richey, FL.

David A. Carlen
Navy Seaman Recruit David A. Carlen, son of Pamela S. and David H. Carlen of Wimauma, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Carlen completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations”. This exercise  gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the  fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior  attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each  recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.
Carlen is a 2006 graduate of East Bay High School of Gibsonton.

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