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In Uniform

In Uniform Nov 6, 2008 Luis Sanchez, William Reich III
By Observer News Staff
Nov 6, 2008 - 9:46:21 AM

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Luis R. Sanchez
Navy Seaman Apprentice Luis R. Sanchez, a 2007 graduate of East Bay Senior High School, Gibsonton, recently  completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great  Lakes, IL.
During the eight-week program, Sanchez 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.

William W. Reich III

Master Sgt. William W. Reich III has retired from the U.S. Air Force  after 20 years of military service.
He was a flight engineer chief of tactics with the 9th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, CA. Reich is the son of Bert Foxx of Village Green Rd., Orlando, and Kathleen Daniele of Tupelo Row, Princeton, NJ. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Reich Sr., Sun City Center, FL. He is  married to Rosemarie E. Reich.
In the past decade, since he moved into the KC-10 air refueling tanker, Reich has been involved in Operations Allied Force, Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.
During his eight months in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm while assigned to the 60th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, Reich flew 29 bombing missions in Iraq, the most recorded by any bomber  crew during the conflict. He logged 1,000 hours as a gunner in the B-52G and later amassed more than 2,800 hours in the C-130 Hercules while assigned to the 773rd and 40th Airlift Squadrons at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, TX. While flying the C-130, Reich participated in operations ranging from disaster relief in Mississippi and humanitarian relief in Somalia to search and rescue of Haitian refugees and post-Cold War operations in Bosnia.
Reich is a 1988 Princeton High School graduate. He earned a bachelor’s  degree from Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach in 2006 and a master’s degree from Touro University in Cypress, CA, in 2008.

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