DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

October 17, 2013

HOMETOWN HEROES


Derry News

---- — Air Force Reserve Airman Christopher Pellegriti 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.

Pellegriti is a 2005 graduate of Londonderry High School. He is the son of Thomas Pellegriti of Pelham and Marie Paradis of Manchester.

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Navy Midshipman Ethan Doherty, son of Rebecca and Joseph Doherty of Londonderry, completed “Plebe” Summer at the U.S. Navy Academy.

Plebe Summer began on Induction Day, June 27, and concluded after seven challenging weeks of basic midshipman training.

The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help “plebes” prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenges leading to graduation and commissioning as a Navy or Marine Corps Officer. Plebe Summer is run by upper-class midshipmen who are specially trained in their leadership roles to effectively develop plebes into successful midshipmen.

Plebe Summer activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills, as well as 40 training hours devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and formal parades.

Throughout the summer, new midshipmen rapidly gain general knowledge of seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn how to use 9mm pistols and M-16 rifles.

Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s plebe or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. This year the Naval Academy received over 17,500 applications for the Class of 2017.

Doherty is a 2013 graduate of Londonderry High School.

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Navy Seaman Eric Paradise, son of Janice and William Paradise of Derry, along with other Sailors assigned aboard the nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) after the ship completed a routine transit through the Suez Canal.

Truman is on a scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Truman deployed July 22 from Norfolk, Va. Paradise is a 2008 graduate of Pinkerton Academy and joined the Navy in February 2013.

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Army National Guard Pvt. Alyssa O’Donnell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

O’Donnell is a 2011 graduate of Pinkerton Academy. She is the daughter of Julie O’Donnell of Derry and John O’Donnell of Salem.