Navy Midshipman Ashley M. Mannix of the Naval Academy’s 24th Company marched in the 57th Presidential Inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.

The 24th Company was chosen to participate in the parade because of its status as the Brigade’s Color Company.

The Academy’s Color Company competition is a tradition that began in 1867 and recognizes the superior performing company based on exceptional academic, athletic and military professional performance.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.

Mannix is the daughter of Ciria N. Lostaunau of Harker Heights.

Mannix, a 2009 graduate of Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., joined the Navy in July 2009.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Ryan K. Cockrell was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

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

Cockrell, a 2011 graduate of Idabel High School, is the son of Brenda F. Cockrell of Idabel, Okla., and Jerry D. Cockrell of Nolanville.

Navy Seaman Tyrant L. Gossett recently completed the eight-week U.S. Navy basic training program at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” which is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit.

Gossett is the son of Tyrant L. Gossett of Copperas Cove and Yolanda D. Washington of Las Vegas.

He is a 2010 graduate of Copperas Cove High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Garrett R. Folse, son of Marilee M. Folse of Harker Heights, and Randall L. Folse of Killeen, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Folse 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.

Folse is a 2012 graduate of Shoemaker High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Latessa E. Jones, a 2011 graduate of Belton High School, completed the U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

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

Contact Teresa Tankersley at or (254)501-7542

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