Military News from May 6

Murphy to graduate from Naval Academy; White graduates from basic training; Rackerby graduates from basic training; Mid-Cumberland Young Marines welcome new leadership
May 6, 2014
Ensign Michael Murphy
Airman 1st Class Caitlynn White
Airman 1st Class Justin Rackerby
Michael Rummel

 

Murphy to graduate from Naval Academy

Ensign Michael S. Murphy, son of Joseph and the late Connie Murphy, was cleared to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. on May 23 and will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Murphy successfully completed four years of academic, physical and professional training, resulting in a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.  

As a graduate of the Naval Academy, Murphy completed a four-year academic program, focused on the educational needs of the Navy and Marine Corps, with strict professional military training emphasizing the development of leadership skills. Considered one of the top educational institutions in the country, the Naval Academy currently has more than 4,000 students who comprise the Brigade of Midshipmen and who come from every state in the union.

Following graduation, Murphy is assigned to the U.S.S. Mahan, DDG 72 in Norfolk, Va., where he will begin his service as a surface warfare officer. 

Murphy is a 2010 graduate of Lebanon High School and an Eagle Scout.  While at the Naval Academy, he competed on the varsity off-shore sailing team and was a four-year member of the men’s glee club.

White graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Caitlynn C. White graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. 

The airman completed an 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.

White is the daughter of Dianna and Jarrod White, of Lebanon.

She is a 2013 graduate of Wilson Central High School.

Rackerby graduates from basic training    

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Justin E. Rackerby graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an 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.

Rackerby is the son of Matthew Rackerby and stepson of Julie Rackerby, of Visalia, Calif. He is also the son of Jennifer Kemp, of Lebanon.

He is a 2006 graduate of Golden West High School in Visalia, Calif. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.

Mid-Cumberland Young Marines welcome new leadership

On April 26, Staff Sgt. David Hale announced his retirement from the Mid-Cumberland Young Marine Unit in Mt. Juliet.

After 15 years of service, he decided it was time to step down and spend more time with his family. He passed the unit commander torch to Michael Rummel, who has two children in the program.

“We will miss Staff Sgt. Hale and wish him well on his retirement. I’m thankful to be able to step up and lead such a wonderful group of kids,” said Rummel, who is an officer with the Tennessee National Guard and works full time with Automotive Management Services, Inc.

“I’m proud of what our Young Marines are doing and excited for what the future holds,” Rummel said.

Young Marines is a national program that focuses on strengthening the lives of America’s youth. All children ages 8-18 are welcome.  For more information about the Young Marines visit youngmarines.com or contact Rummel at 615-773-2485.

 

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