Military Matters, May 19, 2011 edition


Army Na­tion­al Guard Sgt. Robert E. Whaley and Army Na­tion­al Guard Spec. Steph­en R. Crouthamel are re­turn­ing to the U.S. after a de­ploy­ment to Ir­aq serving in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion Ir­aqi Free­dom/New Dawn, or Op­er­a­tion En­dur­ing Free­dom in Afgh­anistan and the South­w­est Asia Theat­er of Op­er­a­tions.

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.

Op­er­a­tion New Dawn trans­itions and sig­ni­fies a form­al end to U.S. mil­it­ary com­bat op­er­a­tions in Ir­aq. The trans­ition shifts the U.S. em­phas­is from pre­dom­in­antly mil­it­ary to pre­dom­in­ately ci­vil­ian as the U.S. of­fi­cials as­sist Ir­aqis in ac­cord­ance with the Stra­tegic Frame­work Agree­ment. The three primary mis­sions of U.S. forces in­clude ad­vising, as­sist­ing and train­ing the Ir­aqi se­cur­ity forces; con­duct­ing partnered coun­terter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions; and provid­ing sup­port to pro­vin­cial re­con­struc­tion teams and ci­vil­ian part­ners as they help build Ir­aq’s civil ca­pa­city.

Op­er­a­tion En­dur­ing Free­dom is the of­fi­cial name giv­en to anti-ter­ror­ism mil­it­ary op­er­a­tions in­volving U.S. troops and al­lied co­ali­tion part­ners. Act­ive duty and re­serve com­pon­ent mem­bers from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been de­ployed to sup­port the war against glob­al ter­ror­ism out­side the bor­ders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, South­w­est and Cent­ral Asia, the Ar­a­bi­an Pen­in­sula, the Horn of Africa, is­lands in the Pa­cific and Europe.

Whaley, a train­ing su­per­visor with six years of mil­it­ary ser­vice, is the son of Robert E. Whaley Sr. of Phil­adelphia.

Crouthamel, a com­bat en­gin­eer with four years of mil­it­ary ser­vice, is the son of Philip R. Crouthamel of Phil­adelphia.

Both men are reg­u­larly as­signed to the 228th En­gin­eer Com­pany, based out of Spring City, Pa.


Mar­ine Corps Pfc. Nich­olas A. Mur­aresku, son of Eliza­beth Mur­aresku of Phil­adelphia, re­cently gradu­ated from the Mar­ine Avi­ation Sup­ply Mech­an­ized Course.

Dur­ing the course with Mar­ine Avi­ation Train­ing Sup­port Squad­ron One, Mar­ine Avi­ation Sup­port Train­ing Sup­port Group 21, Me­ridi­an, Miss., stu­dents learn or­der­ing, re­quis­i­tion, in­vent­ory and stock pro­ced­ures to per­form as sup­ply clerks in Fleet Mar­ine Force avi­ation units and air squad­rons.

Mur­aresku, a 2009 gradu­ate of Frank­lin Towne Charter School, joined the Mar­ine Corps in Au­gust 2010.


Army Na­tion­al Guard Pvt. Timothy T. Mo­ment gradu­ated from the Field Ar­til­lery Auto­mated Tac­tic­al Data Sys­tems Spe­cial­ist Ad­vanced In­di­vidu­al Train­ing course at Fort Sill, Law­ton, Okla.

As mem­bers of the Army’s field ar­til­lery team, the course is de­signed to train sol­diers as spe­cial­ists to op­er­ate the ad­vanced field ar­til­lery tac­tic­al data sys­tems for both can­non and mul­tiple launch rock­et sys­tems.

The spe­cial­ists play a crit­ic­al role in the safe, ac­cur­ate and leth­al de­liv­ery of the field ar­til­lery’s vari­ous fire sup­port sys­tems used to sup­port in­fantry and tank units in com­bat. Skills train­ing in­cluded meth­ods of com­put­ing tar­get loc­a­tions us­ing com­puters or manu­al cal­cu­la­tions, am­muni­tion hand­ling tech­niques, and op­er­at­ing and per­form­ing main­ten­ance on re­lated equip­ment, vehicles, gen­er­at­ors, and ar­til­lery tac­tic­al and data sys­tems.

Mo­ment, the son of Eliza­beth Modupe of Phil­adelphia, is a 2010 gradu­ate of South Phil­adelphia High School.


Navy Sea­man Dav­id T. Palmer, son of Cyn­thia Palmer of Phil­adelphia, and Navy Sea­man Jef­fery L. Brady Jr., son of Jef­fery L. Brady of Phil­adelphia, re­cently com­pleted U.S. Navy ba­sic train­ing at Re­cruit Train­ing Com­mand, Great Lakes, Ill.

Dur­ing the eight-week pro­gram, Palmer and Brady com­pleted a vari­ety of train­ing that 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.

Palmer, a 1998 gradu­ate of Park­way Cen­ter City High School, gradu­ated from Lin­coln Uni­versity in 2004 with a bach­el­or of sci­ence de­gree.

Brady is a 2007 gradu­ate of Phil­adelphia High School for Busi­ness and Tech­no­logy.


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