Army Maj. Gilbert A. Clapper is currently deployed in Iraq to support the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq. Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq’s economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq’s sovereignty and independence as a democracy.
Clapper, a nurse anesthetist with 14 years of military service, is normally assigned to Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, N.Y.
He is the son of Doug and Barb Clapper of Newport News, Va.
His wife, Heather, is the daughter of Jane Sincerbeaux, of Bridgewater.
The major graduated in 1991 from Denbigh High School, Newport News, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1995 from Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.
Campbell completes basic
Navy Seaman Recruit Brian S. Campbell, son of Wanda L. and Ronald S. Campbell, of Washburn, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Campbell 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 was “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.
Campbell is a 2008 graduate of Washburn District High School.
Air Force Airman Daniel P. Duplessis has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Duplessis is the son of Richard and Mary Duplessis, of, Presque Isle. In 2004, the airman graduated from Presque Isle High School.
(For more military news, see pages 6B and 7B.)