Provencal mobilized, to be deployed by Army

Army Reserve Pvt. Shayna E. Provencal has been mobilized and activated at Fort Dix, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom. Provencal has served in the military for two years and is a member of the 94th Military Police Company, Londonderry, N.H.

She is the daughter of Susan J. Coldwell of North Main Street, Andover, and Roger K. Provencal of Crestwood Circle, Lawrence.

The soldier graduated in 2006 from Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Andover.

Soldiers are normally activated from Army Reserve or Army National Guard units from throughout the U.S. They go through a series of in-processing procedures and training classes that prepare them for skills and situations they may face in their deployed environment.

Pollack completes Coast Guard training

Coast Guard Reserve Seaman David A. Pollack, son of Deborah A. and David A. Pollack of Andover, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

Pollack is a 2007 graduate of Greater Lawrence Technical High School of Andover.

During the eight-week training program, Pollack completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship, according to a military release. A major emphasis is also placed on physical fitness, health and wellness.

Pollack 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. Pollack will join 36,000 other men and women who comprise Coast Guard's force.

Men and women train together from the first day in the Coast Guard just as they do aboard ships and shore units throughout the world, according to the Coast Guard.

To reinforce the team concept, Pollack and other recruits were trained in preventing sexual harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, civil rights training, and the basics of the work-life balance, as well as total quality management.

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