People Notes: May 19

June 4, 2013 

Cheryl Eriksen, rightm accepts the Patriot Award from Erwin Gutzwiller, right, of the N.C. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Looking on is Navy Reservist James Bloomer.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BELK — BELK

Army trains Quentin Trent Jr.

Army Pvt. Quentin P. Trent Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. He is the son of Yoneka and Phillip Trent of Champion Street in Clayton.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, rifle marksmanship, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises.

Trent is a 2012 graduate of Clayton High School.

Marines train John Flores

Marine Corps Pvt. John S. Flores has graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is the son of Reina and Juan S. Flores of Smithfield.

The 13-week training included close-order drill, marksmanship, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming and military history, customs and courtesies.

Flores is a graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School.

Air Force trains Gemaude Sanders

Air Force Airman Gemaude R. Sanders has recently completed basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Shawanda Rayner of Bayberry Lane, and Terrence Sanders of South Sixth Street, both of Smithfield.

The eight-week program 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.

Sanders is a 2012 graduate of North Johnston High School.

Belk manager receives Patriot Award

Cheryl Eriksen, store manager at Belk in Smithfield, has received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

The Patriot Award recognizes support of citizen soldiers through a range of measures such as flexible schedules and time off before and after deployment.

Eriksen supported Navy Reservist James Bloomer during his nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Eriksen has also been nominated for the Above and Beyond Award, which recognizes employers who go above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Navy promotes Quay Salter

Navy Seaman Apprentice Quay Salter was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is the son of Debra D. Salter of Selma.

Salter received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle, which included classroom study and practical instruction in naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.

Salter is a 2011 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School.

Devonte Herrera enlists in Navy

Devonte G. Herrera, the son of Fannie P. Herrera of Selma, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, the program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Herrera will graduate this year from Smithfield-Selma High School.

Air Force trains Joseph Caldwell

Air Force Reserve Airman Joseph G. Caldwell has completed basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Sue Acconzio of Lakeview Avenue, Wake Forest and Russell Caldwell of North Cypress Street, Wendell.

The eight-week program 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.

Caldwell is a 2012 graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

Kyle Meyers enlists in Navy

Kyle F. Meyers, the son of Tracey H. and Brian R. Meyers, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, the program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Meyers is a 2012 graduate of South Johnston High School.

Jacob Hansen enlists in Navy

Jacob D. Hansen, the son of Sherrie D. Hansen and David E. Hansen of Clayton, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, the program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Hansen is a 2010 graduate of Clayton High School.

Mercedes Vargas enlists in Navy

Mercedes M. Vargas, the daughter of Miguel Vargas, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, the program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Vargas will graduate this year from North Johnston High School.

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