Fort Mill Times

Military news: Week of Oct. 8

Cyderman promoted to major

Jay M. Cryderman has been selected for promotion to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force.

Cryderman currently is serving as a global positioning system navigational warfare technologies lead with the Space and Missile Systems Center Global Positioning Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. He has served in the military for 19 years.

Cryderman is the son of Elaine and Keith Cryderman of Fort Mill and husband of Rome Cryderman of San Antonio.

Cryderman is a 1990 graduate of Fort Mill High School. He earned a master’s degree in 2014 from the University Of Texas San Antonio.

Bielata completes combat training

Army Pvt. Joshua M. Bielata has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition, core values and 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.

Bielata is the son of Michele and Robert Bielata of Fort Mill. He is a 2014 graduate of Carver High School in Winston Salem, N.C.

Barrett graduates from basic training

U.S. Air National Guard Airman Deontre T. Barrett graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

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.

Barrett is the son of Angela A. Barrett of Fort Mill.

He is a 2012 graduate of Harding University High School in Charlotte.

Wallace completes Navy training

Navy Seaman Recruit Steven K. Wallace, son of Nicole V. Covert of Indian Land, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Wallace completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. It is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills.

Wallace is a 2012 graduate of Indian Land High School in Indian Land.

Clayton completes basic training

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Veronica C. Clayton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

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.

Clayton is the daughter of Thomas Clayton of Jamestown, Ky., and Kim Clayton of Fort Mill, sister of Cory Agurs of Charlotte and Ebonie Clayton and granddaughter of Ethel Agurs, both of Rock Hill.

She is a 2011 graduate of Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill.

Brandon Walker joins Army

Brandon L. Walker has joined the United States Army under the delayed entry program.

The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year.

The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel and become eligible to receive as much as $53,028 toward a college education through the Montgomery GI Bill.

For those who qualify, new soldiers can earn up to $65,000 for student loan repayment. After completion of basic military training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty.

Walker will report to basic training in March.

Walker is the son of Connie A. Bunch of Fort Mill. He is a 2014 graduate of Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill.

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