Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin K. Walker, son of Tanda and Melvin Walker of Charleston, and other sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) recently got underway for a final sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX) before the ship's upcoming deployment.
The Truman departed Naval Station Norfolk along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staff, joined with guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and guided missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Mason (DDG 87) for the exercise.
The ships and embarked units training together are focusing on maritime security operations, air defense, counter-piracy and anti-submarine warfare.
This exercise is similar to the composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX) the strike group completed earlier this year. Exercises such as SUSTAINEX and COMPTUEX ensure strike groups are trained and certified for an overseas deployment.
Walker is a 2007 graduate of Walker Valley High School of Charleston and joined the Navy in December 2012.
Doneisha R. Dotson
Army National Guard Pvt. Doneisha R. Dotson 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.
Dotson is a 2008 graduate of McMinn County High School, Athens.
Leven D. Butler
Air Force Airman Leven D. Butler has graduated from the Avionics Systems Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.
The course is designed to provide airmen with the basic skills and knowledge to perform organizational level instrument and flight control systems maintenance on assigned aircraft. Students are trained to inspect, service and repair malfunctions on avionics systems, and interpret equipment operation characteristics to isolate system malfunctions such as attack control, instrument, flight control, communication, navigation, identification, and penetration aids. Additional instruction included training in aircraft and avionics familiarization, aerospace ground equipment, aircraft wiring and data flow, common tool usage, and safety.
Butler is the son of David and Jenny Butler of Athens.
He is a 2011 graduate of McMinn County High School, Athens.