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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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B.J. Wood September 22, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon J. Wood 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.

Wood is a 2015 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and the son of John and Stephanie Wood of Landisville.

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N.S. Marquez August 30, 2017

U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Nigel S. Marquez 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.

Marquez is a 2015 Penn Manor High School graduate and the son of Rachel and Victor Marquez of Mountville.

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A.L. Delromero Hughes August 16, 2017

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Amanda L. Delromero Hughes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Delromero Hughes is the daughter of David J. and Marla C. Hughes of Willow Street. She is a 2011 graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School.

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Ober Earns Degree, Commission July 27, 2017

Cecily Ober, daughter of Dr. David and Boni Ober of Elizabethtown, graduated from Wheaton College on May 7 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She plans to attend the Chicago Medical School in the fall.

Since her graduation, Cecily has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. She has been selected for the U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program and will serve in the Army following her completion of medical school.

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M.J. Kovall July 13, 2017

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

Kovall is the son of Sandra and Robert Kovall of Denver, the brother of Mitchell Kovall and Michael Kovall of Denver, and the grandson of Virginia and Andrew Kovall of North Versailles.

He is a 2009 graduate of Grandview Heights Christian Academy in Ephrata. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2014 from Pennsylvania State University.

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J.J. Hottenstein July 10, 2017

Air Force Capt. Joseph J. Hottenstein graduated from Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer (CSO) Training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.

Hottenstein is the son of Joyce A. and Joseph S. Hottenstein of Bainbridge, and he is the husband of Melanie A. Desplat of Allentown.

He is a 1997 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 from American Military University in Charles Town, W.Va.

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D.J. Roark July 5, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman Dorian J. Roark graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Roark is the son of James R. Roark of Cabool, Mo., and Tonya J. Meyrick of Nottingham. He is the stepson of Tammy Poe of Cabool, Mo., and Brian Meyrick of Nottingham and the brother of Nathaniel Roark of New Holland. The airman is a 2016 graduate of Solanco High School, Quarryville.

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Langley Wins Award July 3, 2017

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Marines Win Award July 3, 2017

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J.J. Marrero July 3, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman Jovan J. Marrero graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Marrero is the son of Jose Marrero and Madeline Ramos of Lancaster. He is a 2016 graduate of Conestoga Valley Senior High School, Lancaster.

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J.C. Hicks July 3, 2017

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

He is the son of Joeleen Blakeslee of Ronks; Kathleen Hicks-Monroe of Sumter, S.C.; and Amber Blakeslee of Carbondale, Ill. He is the stepson of Richard Monroe of Sumter, S.C., and grandson of Richard and Mary Vogel of Sumter, S.C., and Betty-Anne Hicks of Roxboro, N.C.

The airman is a 2010 graduate of Sumter High School.

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C.J. Cadmus June 27, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman Charles J. Cadmus graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Cadmus earned distinction as an honor graduate.

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.

Cadmus is the son of Teresa L. Cadmus of Nottingham and Chuck L. Cadmus of Strasburg and the brother of Jessica N. Monk of Wilmington, Del., and Ryan J. Monk of Gap.

Cadmus graduated from Penn Manor High School in 2016.

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J.T. Dautrich June 27, 2017

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jeremy T. Dautrich graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Dautrich is the son of Connie and Brian Dautrich of Mohnton. He is a 2014 graduate of Garden Spot High School.

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D. Bass June 14, 2017

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

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.

Bass is the son of Charles A. Bass Sr. of Meza, Ariz., and Johnnie M. Bass-Appiah of Romeoville, Ill., and the brother of Charles A. Bass II of Red Lion. The airman is the husband of Leah Bass.

Bass graduated from York Suburban High School in 2006 and earned a bachelor's degree in 2013 from Millersville University.

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Fronko Receives Degree, Commission June 14, 2017

Jacob Fronko of Lewisberry graduated from Lycoming College with a Bachelor of Science in ecology and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He and other cadets were commissioned during the college's baccalaureate ceremony in May.

Fronko, who was named to the college's dean's list for the spring 2017 semester, will serve with the Army Reserves in its Military Intelligence Corps.

Over their college careers, the cadets kept pace with their academic studies while participating in ROTC activities including physical training, monthly leadership labs and a semester-long field training exercise.

Lycoming College ROTC cadets are part of the Bison Battalion ROTC program, which is hosted at Bucknell University and also includes cadets representing Penn College, Susquehanna University and Bloomsburg University.

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Nolt Receives College Degree June 14, 2017

Jenee Nolt of Lititz was among approximately 1,000 graduates who received their degrees at the University of Hartford's undergraduate commencement on May 21.

Nolt, a radiologic technology major, received a Bachelor of Science.

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