Military news – February 21

Staff Reports

Army Sgt. Stephen P. Gibson recently joined the U.S. Army Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion’s Metro South Company as a recruiter for the Indy East Recruiting Center.

He is a 2005 graduate of Bethel Holiness Christian High School in Columbus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from American Intercontinental University, Schaumburg, Illinois.

Gibson comes to the recruiting center from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where he served since 2009 as a military police investigator with the 28th Military Police Detachment.

Gibson’s military awards include: two Army Achievement Medals, a Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Marksmanship Qualification Badge — Expert, and the Recruiter Badge.

Army Pvt. Ryan A. Christy has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.

Christy is the son of Michele and Tony Christy of Columbus. He is a 2014 graduate of Hauser High School in Hope.

During nine weeks of training, Christy studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values; physical fitness; and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, drill and ceremony, marching, map reading, field training exercises and tactics, military courtesy, military justice and basic first aid.

U.S. Air National Guard Airman Richard R. Jenkins graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

Jenkins is the son of Caroline and Richard Jenkins of Columbus. He is a 2012 graduate of Columbus North High School.

Jenkins 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.