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Judith Reinhardt Diehlman, Gloucester City Community Activist

Gloucester County Locals in the Military

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PVT. PAUL J. GARNER 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.

He is the son of Helen Garner of Thorofare.

CMDR. JAMES R. RAIMONDO, USN, recently assumed command of Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, Atlantic. Cmdr. Raimondo relieved Cmdr. Herbert R. Race during an airborne ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Cmdr. Race's next assignment is with OPNAV (N6) in Washington, D.C. The new executive officer is Cmdr. Charles Armin, USN.


Command was transferred in a ceremony held at and over Naval Station Mayport when the orders were read. A lead change was conducted signifying to all in attendance that Cmdr. Raimondo assumed the lead of the Weapons School.

Cmdr. Raimondo is a native of Woodbury. He was commissioned in December 1989 via the Hampton Roads NROTC program and graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., with a bachelor of art degree in English. In 2001, he was awarded a master of science in administration (information
resource management) from Central Michigan University.

Cmdr. Raimondo was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator and Helicopter Pilot in October 1991 and reported for FRS training at HSL-30. He reported to HSL-34 in October 1992. During his tour with the "Greencheckers" he flew the SH-2F Sea Sprite and completed deployments in USS NICHOLSON (DD 982), USS DEYO (DD 989), USS AUBREY FITCH (FFG 34) and USS ESTOCIN (FFG 15).

In November 1993, after the disestablishment of HSL-34, Cmdr. Raimondo reported to the SH-60B FRS, HSL-40, in Mayport, Fla. After completing Seahawk training, he deployed with the HSL-42 "Proud Warriors" in USS HUE CITY (CG 66), USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59), and USS SPRUANCE (DD 963).

In August 1996, Cmdr. Raimondo transferred to the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, White House Liaison Office, Washington, D.C., as a member of SECNAV's immediate staff. Cmdr. Raimondo departed the Pentagon in July 1999 and reported as Flag Lieutenant for RADM William Schmidt, President, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), in Norfolk, Va.

Cmdr. Raimondo reported to the Swamp Foxes of HSL-44 in November 2001. He was assigned as Officer-in-Charge, Detachment TEN embarked in USS SIMPSON (FFG 56), and deployed to the Caribbean, Eastern Pacific, and Western Atlantic for Counter-Narco Terrorist/UNITAS missions in 2002. He subsequently served as HSL-44 Training Officer and Maintenance Officer.

Cmdr. Raimondo was HSL-44's Officer of the Year for 2003 and was awarded the 2003 COMHSLWINGLANT Admiral Paulsen Award for Inspirational Leadership.

In May 2004, Cmdr. Raimondo returned to the Pentagon and served on the CNO's staff as Flag Aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Most recently, he served as the Helicopter Strike Maritime Weapons School, Atlantic's Executive Officer from June 2006 through August 2007.

Cmdr. Raimondo is married to the former Sherri Elizabeth Brown, and they have three children. He will report to OPNAV (N6) in Washington, D.C.

NAVY SEAMAN CHRISTOPHER M. PASTIN, son of Arleen K. and John R. Pastin of Glassboro, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Pastin 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 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.

Pastin is a 2000 graduate of Broadneck High School of Annapolis, Md.