Navy Seaman Apprentice Ricardo D. Harris recently was promoted to his current rank after graduating from recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. He received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. Physical fitness also was emphasized.
Harris is a 2012 graduate of Beaufort High School.
Marine Corps Pfc. Devin G. Parker 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, Parker received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Parker also received training on demolition concepts, land-mine warfare and camouflage techniques.
Parker is the son of Marquita McKay of Bluffton and Don Parker of Milwaukee, Wis. He is a 2010 graduate of Bluffton High School and joined the Marine Corps in January.
Marine Corps Pfc. Jose G. Ortega graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. For 13 weeks, Ortega was trained in close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. Ortega also endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Ortega is the son of Antonia M. Ortega of Ridgeland and Tobias O. Ramirez of Ridgeland. He is a 2012 graduate of Ridgeland High School.