DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua S. Durnell, son of Gail S. and Steven Durnell of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and more than 2,100 Marines and Sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently deployed with the Belleau Wood Expeditionary Strike Group to the Western Pacific and Central Command area of responsibility in support of the global war on terrorism.
Durnell's unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. MEU's are built around a reinforced infantry battalion, a combat service support element, a reinforced helicopter squadron and a command element.
With its complement of fully integrated air and ground forces, Durnell's unit is ready to conduct real-world operations including amphibious, heliborne and boat raids, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, noncombatant evacuation operations and humanitarian assistance operations.
Durnell is a 2000 graduate of Wayne High School of Fort Wayne, Indiana and joined the Marine Corps in May 2002.
For more information on the deployment and high resolution photographs, visit the 11th MEU web site at http://www.usmc.mil/11thmeu.
SARRAZIN GRADUATES BASIC
July 06, 2004 Navy Hospitalman Recruit Michael D. Sarrazin, son of Michael T. Sarrazin of Fort Wayne, Indiana, recently graduated from the Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Illinois.
During the 14-week course, Sarrazin learned a wide range of medical procedures used to provide first aid and assist Navy doctors and nurses. Sarrazin also received an introductory instruction for service in a variety of medical environments, from fleet hospitals and shipboard medical departments to fleet Marine forces and medical administration offices.
Sarrazin's newly acquired skills and knowledge will enable him to help provide quality health care to Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families.
Sarrazin's first assignment after school will involve direct patient care, but with his training, Sarrazin can work in several areas, including first aid and assisting with minor surgery, pharmacy and laboratory analysis, patient transportation, and food service inspections. Sarrazin is a 2003 graduate of Bishop Luers High School.
MARINE CORPS PFC MATT R. ASSELIN, son of Sue M. and Rick F. Asselin and a graduate of Wayne High School, recently graduated from the Marine Corps' Basic Refrigeration Mechanic Course.
During the course with Marine Corps Detachment, U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, students concentrated on learning basic electrical and refrigeration theory, refrigeration systems and refrigeration units. The course also covers maintenance and repair of air conditioners and bulk refrigeration equipment.
Asselin joined the Marine Corps in November 2003.
181st FIGHTER WING FLY OVER
Opening ceremony for Indiana Healing Field. Keynote speaker major General R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana National Guard
When: Saturday, September 11, 8:30-9:10am
Where: Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 97th Street and Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana
Open to the public. No Cost.
The Department of Defense announced the creation of the Korean Service Medal earlier this year. The purpose of this medal is to recognize the sacrifices and contributions made by members of the US Armed Forces that served our service in the Republic of Korea as well as its surrounding seas. The perceived service is 30 days anytime after the cease-fire agreement in July 1953.