Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Latoya S. Tancrede and Navy Fireman Apprentice Cameron D. Johnson, assigned to the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, will deploy four months earlier than previously scheduled and shift their destination to the Gulf region.

The change affects 5,500 sailors aboard the Stennis and the Aegis cruiser USS Mobile Bay.

The deployment was requested by Central Command commander James Mattis, and was approved by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

The decision will help support existing naval force requirements in the Middle East and reduce the gap caused by the upcoming departure of the USS Enterprise Strike Group.

The Stennis strike group was schedule to deploy at the end of the year to U.S. Pacific Command.

The group returned from duty in the Middle East in March.

USS Paul Hamilton is also deploying with strike group but is heading straight to the Gulf instead of spending time in the Pacific region.

Tancrede is a 2003 graduate of Ellison High School and joined the Navy in March 2009. She is the daughter of Jean Tancrede of Killeen.

Johnson, a 2009 graduate of Copperas Cove High School, joined the Navy in September 2010. He is the son of Olivia White of Copperas Cove.

Area recruits recently completing the U.S. Navy’s eight-week basic training program at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. were:

Navy Seaman Shawn Moser, son of Peggy C. Moser of Belton, and Don K. Moser of Pueblo West, Colo. Moser is a 2011 graduate of Henry T. Waskow High School in Belton.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Larissa N. Hernandez, daughter of Karina Morales and Matthew V. Adkins, both of Belton. Hernandez is a 2012 graduate of Belton High School.

Navy Seaman Thadius D. Vannburan, son of Thadius D. Vannburan of Killeen. Vannburan is a 2012 graduate of Central High School in Phenix City, Ala.

In the service is compiled from Hometown news releases received from the Armed Forces. For more information, email

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