The change affects 5,500 Sailors aboard the Stennis and the Aegis cruiser USS Mobile Bay. The deployment was requested by Central Command commander James Mattis, and was approved by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The decision will help support existing naval force requirements in the Middle East and reduce the gap caused by the upcoming departure of the USS Enterprise Strike Group.
The Stennis strike group was schedule to deploy at the end of the year to U.S. Pacific Command. The group returned from duty in the Middle East in March.
USS Paul Hamilton is also deploying with strike group but is heading straight to the Gulf instead of spending time in the Pacific region.
Thompson is a 2005 graduate of Chapel Hill High School.
Army Basic Grads
During the nine weeks of training, the soldiers 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.
Pringle, a graduate of John Tyler High School, is the grandson of Bobbie Pringle, of Tyler.
Williams, a graduate of Judson High School in Converse, is the granddaughter of Ida Donnell, of Tyler.
Mora, a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, is the son of Juana Medina, of Tyler.
AIR FORCE Basic Grads
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.
Williams, a graduate of John Paul Stevens High School in San Antonio, is the son of Terrence Williams, of Tyler.
NAVY Basic Grads
During the eight-week program, they completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also 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. “Battle Stations” 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 and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly “Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.
Halstead, son of Anna M. and Robert J. Halstead, of Tyler, is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.
Bradley, a graduate of Rockwall High School, is the grandson of Mary Harper, of Mineola.
Donaldson is a graduate of Bishop T.K. Gorman High School, Tyler.
James M. Boonstra, son of Lori A. and James G. Boonstra, of Tyler, is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.