Locals report military news, Jan. 20 edition


Locals report military news, Jan. 20 editionRegion – Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Gregory R. Crisafulli, a 2004 graduate of St. John's High School, Shrewsbury, recently graduated from the Auxiliary Security Force (ASF) class of 30 personnel.

During ASF training, sailors are instructed on many topics, including Anti-Terrorism Force Protection, small arms, unarmed self-defense, the rules of engagement, and the definition and legal responsibilities of deadly force.

Crisafulli went through a three-week ASF class with the non-lethal weapons training, which included OC pepper spray training. He also had an orientation and qualification on the Beretta M9, 9mm pistol, M-500 shotgun and M-16 rifle.

Crisafulli joined the Navy in September 2005.

Marine Corps Pvt. Timothy R. Brotherton, a 2008 graduate of St. John's High School, Shrewsbury, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

During the five-week course, Brotherton received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Brotherton also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.

Brotherton joined the Marine Corps Reserve in February 2011.

Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Joseph A. Frissora, son of Deena M. Frissora of Shrewsbury, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

During the eight-week training program, Frissora completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, physical fitness, health and wellness, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship. Men and women train together from the first day in the Coast Guard just as they will work together aboard ships and shore units throughout the world. To reinforce the team concept, all recruits are trained in preventing sexual harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, civil rights training, and the basics of the work-life balance.

Frissora and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard's core values – honor, respect and devotion to duty – and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct.

Frissora will join 36,000 other men and women who make up the Coast Guard's workforce.

Frissora is a 2011 graduate of Shrewsbury High School.

Marine Corps Pfc. Logan C. DeMichele, son of Melissa DeMichele of Hudson and Joseph Halligan of Franklin, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

DeMichele and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, he spent hours in classroom and field assignments that included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

DeMichele and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values – honor, courage and commitment – and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

The training phase ended with “The Crucible,” a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers.

Air Force Airman Matthew R. Langlois graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex.

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's degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

Langlois is the son of Stacy Langlois-Ford of Lowell Street, Methuen, and Craig Langlois of Southville Road, Southborough.

He is a 2011 graduate of Methuen High School, Methuen.

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