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Kosinski Receives Commission May 24, 2018

Ensign Kyle A. Kosinski, of Marietta, received his Navy commission on May 19 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh. He is the son of Leann Kosinski.

Kyle majored in civil and environmental engineering and minored in industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in May. He completed Carnegie Mellon University's Officer Training Corps program. The unit's commanding officer is Capt. William Breitfelder, U.S. Navy. Kyle plans to pursue a career as a submarine warfare officer and will begin his initial training at Navy Nuclear Power school in Charleston, S.C.

He is a 2014 graduate of Donegal High School.

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Kauffman Completes Nuclear Engineering Program May 23, 2018

United States Navy Petty Officer Keenan Kauffman of Pequea recently graduated from the Navy's Nuclear Power Program. After finishing an eight-week boot camp program in North Chicago, Ill., Kauffman completed the three phases of the Nuclear Power Program: A school in Charleston, S.C.; the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C.; and prototype school in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

The Nuclear Power Program trains sailors to properly and efficiently operate nuclear power plants on aircraft carriers and submarines. In two years, the sailors must finish what would normally be a four-year nuclear engineering degree.

Kauffman is a 2016 graduate of Penn Manor High School. He also attended Dayspring Christian Academy from 2002 to 2012. Kauffman is the son of Keith and Debra Kauffman of Pequea. He has two younger brothers, Bennett and Preston. He is a grandson of Don and Linda Kauffman of Pequea and John and Linda Fudrow of Reamstown. John and Lisa McCoy of Lititz and Keith and Elizabeth Hershey of Conestoga are his uncles and aunts.

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Hilty Receives Promotion May 18, 2018

With an audience of soldiers, friends, and family, Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general, presided over a recent ceremony promoting Brig. Gen. Timothy Hilty to the rank of major general.

Hilty will continue to act as the assistant adjutant general - Army of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He oversees operations and administration of the more than 15,600 soldiers of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Carrelli spoke of Hilty's broad range of experience and assignments. Hilty was commissioned in 1982 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Gannon University. He deployed to Bosnia and has commanded aviation units at both the battalion and brigade levels.

Hilty resides in Lebanon with his wife, Melissa, and two of his four children, Justin and Stephanie. His son Christopher attends Temple University. His son Timothy and daughter-in-law, Jaclyn, and two grandchildren, Samuel and Ella, reside in New Jersey.

The Pennsylvania National Guard is one of the largest and most deployed National Guards in the nation.

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L. Ortiz May 16, 2018

Members of the New York Army National Guard who participated in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support missions following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017 were recognized for their meritorious participation in operations of a humanitarian nature.

Sgt. Luis Ortiz from Windsor will receive the Humanitarian Service Award for service in Puerto Rico from Oct. 2 to Dec. 15, 2017. Ortiz serves with the 442nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard.

More than 400 Army National Guard soldiers will be eligible to receive the award. Presentations will be made at the unit level at a future date.

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H. Conklin May 9, 2018

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Haley Conklin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Conklin is the daughter of David and Jodi Conklin of Quarryville. She is the sister of Emily Conklin.

The airman is a 2015 graduate of Solanco High School.

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Workshop Held At Center April 25, 2018

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Sellers Earns Scholarship April 6, 2018

Spc. Daniel L. Sellers, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, has been granted the Minute Man Scholarship, a federal scholarship specifically for members of the National Guard. The award covers four years of tuition with all amenities, a study-abroad program, textbooks each semester, and a monthly stipend. Only six Guardsmen in the state of Pennsylvania receive this scholarship each year.

Sellers is currently a second-semester freshman at Susquehanna University, majoring in creative writing. He made the dean's list his first semester. He is enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Susquehanna University, which is a satellite program of Bucknell University.

Sellers graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School in 2016. He completed his Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Va. He specializes in the maintenance of Chinook helicopters.

Sellers is the son of Lewis and Gayle Sellers of Elizabethtown.

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Acosta Receives Award February 2, 2018

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Col. Josiah Acosta received the Spaatz Award, Civil Air Patrol's highest honor. The award was presented by Brig. Gen. David E. Wood.

Acosta is the son of Federico and Donna Acosta of Lancaster. He has enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard and plans to attend college after training.

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C.M. Barraza February 1, 2018

Army Sgt. Cynthia M. Barraza has arrived for duty as a recruiter with U.S. Army Recruiting Station - Lancaster, U.S. Army Recruiting Company Harrisburg.

Barraza is the mother of Michael, Dominic and Isaac Barraza of Mount Joy. She is a 2000 graduate of Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz.

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N.J. Thomas January 31, 2018

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas J. Thomas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Thomas earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the son of Ryan Thomas of Denver and Diana Rambler of Manheim and grandson of Carol and John Stark of Akron and Denise and Ken Thomas of Lititz.

Thomas is a 2017 graduate of Manheim Central High School.

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Z.R. Gager January 24, 2018

U.S. Air Force Airman Zachary R. Gager graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Gager is the son of Michael L. Gager of Willow Street and Tanya L. Frey of York. He is a 2017 graduate of Penn Manor High School.

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P. French January 4, 2018

Air Force 2nd Lt. Patrick French received his Air Force pilot wings during the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-03 graduation ceremony on Dec. 15 at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He also received the Academic Excellence award during the graduation ceremony.

The 54-week pilot training program begins with a six-week preflight phase of academics and physical training. The second phase, primary training, is conducted in the single-engine, turboprop T-6A Texan II. Primary training takes approximately 23 weeks and includes 254 hours of ground instruction, 27 hours in the flight simulator, and 89 hours in the T-6A aircraft.

After primary training, students select advanced training in the fighter-bomber or airlift-tanker track. Both tracks are approximately 26 weeks and are designed to best train pilots for successful transition to their follow-on aircraft and missions. French will continue his flight training in the C-130J Hercules, a tactical airlift aircraft.

French is the son of John French of Landisville. He is a 2012 graduate of Hempfield High School, and he earned a bachelor's degree in 2016 from United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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M.E. Zimmerman December 14, 2017

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Megan E. Zimmerman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Zimmerman is the daughter of Brian L. Zimmerman and Tricia A. Zimmerman, both of Lititz. She is a 2017 graduate of Warwick High School.

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G. J. Espinosa Segura December 13, 2017

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Giamly J. Espinosa Segura graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Espinosa Segura is the son of Justo J. Espinosa of Lancaster. He is a 2003 graduate of York Comunity College in Jamaica, N.Y.

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A. Sweigart December 6, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman Austin Sweigart graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Sweigart is the son of Bradley and Pamela Sweigart of Denver. He is the grandson of Richard and Linda Sweigart of Denver and Elizabeth and Richard Brubaker of Reinholds. He graduated from Cocalico High School in 2016.

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K.C. Burkholder November 15, 2017

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Kameron C. Burkholder graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Burkholder is the son of Christopher E. Burkholder of Duncannon and Kristin J. Halterman of Elizabethtown.

He is a 2016 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School.

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National Guard Aids After Hurricane October 18, 2017

The Pennsylvania National Guard sent 20 soldiers to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Oct. 12. The anticipated mission for the Guard members was to provide first aid, point-of-injury care and sick call for the service members providing relief to civilians there. In addition, they will provide urgent care to civilians on the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, expanding an outreach mission established by the preceding unit. Upon arrival, the medical personnel integrated with thousands of National Guard members, active duty military, and first responders on site.

Additional Pennsylvania National Guard members are on duty at the Pennsylvania National Guard's joint emergency operations center. The center maintains continuous communications with the National Guard Bureau and PEMA in order to anticipate future requirements that could be assigned to Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers and airmen.

There are currently 22 Pennsylvania National Guard members and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters in Puerto Rico supporting relief operations. In September, the Pennsylvania National Guard sent a variety of both troops and equipment to provide support in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, Florida after Hurricane Irma and the U.S. Virgin Islands during Hurricane Maria.

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Coxson Retires From Navy October 11, 2017

Cmdr. Brian T. Coxson recently retired from the United States Navy after serving 22 years. His retirement ceremony took place at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, from which Coxson graduated in 1995.

Coxson is a 1991 graduate of Bishop Shanahan High School and is the son of Chuck and Eileen Coxson of Thorndale. Following his flight training in Pensacola, Fla., he was designated a naval aviator in June 1997.

Coxson's first sea tour as an SH-60B pilot was with the Proud Warriors of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Two (HSL-42). He deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS Monterey (CG 61), with the Standing Naval Forces Atlantic aboard USS Dewert (FFG 45), with Unitas aboard USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) and spent additional underway time on USS Normandy (CG 60).

His first shore tour was with the Airwolves of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Zero(HSL-40) as a flight instructor. There he served as Squadron NATOPS Officer and SH-60B Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Evaluator.

Coxson reported to the Swamp Foxes of HSL-44 as the OIC of DET 2 for his Department Head tour. In September 2006, he deployed onboard USS Taylor (FFG 50) to the 5th Fleet AOR in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His Detachment supported Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He served as Squadron Operations Officer upon his return from deployment. Coxson has accumulated more than 1700 hours in the SH-60B helicopter.

Coxson reported to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he earned a master's degree in national security and strategic studies. After graduation, Coxson reported to the Office of International Engagement within the Defense Intelligence Agency. He worked as an executive agent handling counterpart visits for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, and the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Prior to reporting to the Maine Maritime Academy NROTC Unit to serve as the executive officer, Coxson served as the current operations chief for the Combined Maritime Forces while assigned to NAVCENT in Bahrain.

Coxson lives in Hermon, Maine, with his wife, Susan, and their three children, Amanda, Alex, and Allyson.

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DMVA Seeks Photos October 4, 2017

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) wants to help pay tribute to all of the men and women from Pennsylvania who died as a result of the Vietnam War.

For the past two years the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - commonly referred to as The Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces in order to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends and others from around the world. The organization is still trying to find 65 photos. A list with additional information on each person can be found by going to www.veterans.pa.gov, and selecting Wall of Faces.

Instructions on how to submit a photo are available at www.vvmf.org/how-to-submit. To view the virtual Wall of Faces, readers may visit www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces.

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J.M. Spangler September 27, 2017

Cadet Jacob Michael Spangler successfully completed six weeks of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at West Point U.S. Military Academy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Spangler of York. He began classes at West Point on Aug. 21.

Spangler graduated from West York Area High School. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2021 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

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