Since their arrival, Roosevelt-based aircraft have provided close air support to coalition troops in the vicinities of Al Hillah, Al Mansuriyah, Baquba, Basrah, Kirkuk, Madain, Mosul and Tall Afar. They will continue to escort convoys, patrol oil pipelines and protect new construction.
Gallaher's unit is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of maritime security operations.
Carriers like Theodore Roosevelt are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.
Gallaher joined the Navy in July 2004.
Janeen N. Siler 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 $50,000 toward a college education. After completion of basic military training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty prior to being assigned to their first permanent duty station.
The recruit qualifies for a $20,000 enlistment bonus.
Siler, a 2003 graduate of Boyle County High School, has reported to Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., for active duty.
She is the daughter of Debbie Siler of Stanford and Larry Pendulick of Springhill, Fla.
Airman Christopher B. Kench has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, Kench studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Kench is the son of Teresa Butler of Harrodsburg and grandson of Patrica Smith of Debary, Fla.
He is a 2005 graduate of Mercer County High School.