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Navy Seaman Wesley D. Harris, son of Rodney O. and Robbie L. Harris of Mount Airy, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, and was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation.

Harris received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. 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.

Harris is a 2009 graduate of North Surry High School.


Ensign Nolan Ryan Beasley, 28, Mount Airy, graduated from the United States Navy Officer Candida School at Officer Training Command Newport in Newport, Rhode Island, on June 8.

He is the son of Jonna Needham Beasley of Mount Airy.

ENS Beasley was commissioned as a naval officer after completing the 12-week training course conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps.

While in training, Beasley was appointed as Regimental Commander in charge of all students attending Navy OCS. He was named a Distinguished Naval Graduate, and graduated at the head of his class.

With his designation as a surface warfare officer, Beasley reported aboard the USS Mitscher, DDG-57, based in Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Va., on June. 9.

He is attending the Surface Warfare Officers School, Basic Division Officer Course at naval station Norfolk and upon completion will rejoin the USS Mitscher. Beasley is a graduate of of Appalachian State University, class of 2008, with a degree in biology.


William D. Wight has arrived for duty as a Public Affairs Officer with 65Th Medical Brigade, Yongsan Army Base.

Wight is the son of Barbara and Bill Wight of Mount Airy, N.C.; and is the husband of Young Mi Wight.

He earned a diploma in 1988 from North Surry High School, Mount Airy, N.C., and a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the University Of Maryland University College, College Park, Md.

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