Published Sunday, February 03, 2013

Coweta Military Notes: Wilkie, White in the news

From Special Reports

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Marine Corps Pvt. Justin T. Wilkie, a 2011 graduate of Northgate High School, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

For 13 weeks, Wilkie 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, and military history.

One week prior to graduation, Wilkie 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.

Army Spec. Jason P. White has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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.

White has served in the Army for three years. He is the son of Loren White of Puyallup, Wash., and Marie White of Newnan.

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