Military Notes

Air Force Airman Breanna L. Harper recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.

Harper is the daughter of Elisa and Dwight Harper of Farrington Drive, Newnan. She is a 2011 graduate of Gainesville High School.

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Army Cadet Trevor A. Mercer has been awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend a host college or university. 

High school seniors from across the United States are selected after a competitive application process based on comprehensive tests scores, scholastic achievement, school officials’ evaluations, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement.

The majority of scholarships cover full college tuition, provide a textbook allowance and pay most laboratory or incidental fees. The scholarship program also pays a $350 tax-free monthly allowance to each student during the academic year, which increases to $500 by his or her senior year. The value of a scholarship may exceed $100,000, depending on the student’s choice of school and the type of scholarship offered.

Upon graduating from college and completing the ROTC program, the cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. The new lieutenants select and enter various career fields to train as pilots, navigators, engineers, medical, personnel, business management fields, and special operations.

Mercer is the son of Todd and Shawnee Mercer of Flat Creek Trail, and Ted and Phyllis Davis, also of Flat Creek Trail, all of Fayetteville. He is also the grandson of Peggy Mercer of Jenny Road, Grantville.

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Marine Corps Pvt. David L. Cavanaugh, son of Paula Carter of Newnan, Ga. and Tom Cavanaugh, II of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

For 13 weeks, Cavanaugh stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Cavanaugh endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Cavanaugh is a 2011 graduate of East Coweta High School.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Brandon P. Coyle, son of Tina M. Burkett of Newnan, Ga., earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

For 13 weeks, Coyle stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Coyle endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Coyle is a 2012 graduate of Newnan High School of Newnan, Ga.

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Civilian Kiara S. Henry, daughter of Damarka Turner of Newnan, Ga. and Idjtihad Shabazz, of Fayetteville, N.C., recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N.C.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Henry will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Henry is a 2007 graduate of E. E. Smith High School.




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