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D. Stone September 20, 2018

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Dorrian Stone 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.

Stone, the son of Angela Stone of Mountville, is a 2015 graduate of Lebanon High School.


M. Esposito September 10, 2018

Army Sgt. Mario Esposito has arrived for duty as a recruiter with U.S. Army Recruiting Station - York, U.S. Army Carlisle Recruiting Company. Esposito is the husband of Kaitlyn M. Esposito and father of Isabella of York.

Esposito is a 2010 graduate of Spring Grove Area Senior High School, Spring Grove.


J.E. Kleckner August 29, 2018

U.S. Air Force Airman Jazmine E. Kleckner 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 through the Community College of the Air Force.

Kleckner is the daughter of Joshua and Rachel Kleckner and granddaughter of Delroy Kleckner, all of Ephrata. She is a 2017 graduate of Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster.


Veterans Honored By Sportsmen's Clubs August 29, 2018


J. Rivera August 22, 2018

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan Rivera graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

He is a 2016 graduate of Conestoga Valley High School.


Koudelka Takes Command Of 193rd SOW August 17, 2018

Col. Terrence L. Koudelka Jr. assumed command of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 193rd Special Operations Wing (SOW) in Middletown in a ceremony on base on Aug. 11.

Koudelka is now responsible for the training and readiness of approximately 1,900 combat-ready airmen and seven uniquely modified EC-130J aircraft, which provide military information support operations, electronic attack and special operations forces mobility in support of U.S. Special Operations Command and Air Force Special Operations Command. The wing also includes eight geographically separated units organized in a regional support group that provides various expeditionary combat support capabilities to the Air Force, Air Combat Command, Air Force Space Command, National Guard and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Koudelka graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1990 through AFROTC Detachment 645. He served nearly 11 years on regular active duty in both staff and flying assignments as a B-1B weapon systems officer. Koudelka's career includes participation in numerous combat operations while flying as an aircrew member in the B-1B and EC-130. Koudelka is a master navigator with more than 2,000 flying hours. Koudelka joined the 193rd SOW in May 2002 as an EC-130E and EC-130J Electronic Warfare Officer/Mission Control Chief, EC-130J Chief of Tactics.

Some of his awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Army Achievement Medal.

Before taking the reins as wing commander, Koudelka served as vice wing commander under the leadership of Col. Benjamin M. Cason, who served as commander since November 2015.


E.L. Wilds August 10, 2018

Army Staff Sgt. Evan L. Wilds has arrived for duty as a recruiter with U.S. Army Recruiting Station - Lancaster, U.S. Army Recruiting Company Harrisburg.

Wilds is the husband of Dakota L. Wilds and the father of Dane, Mia, Mac, and Beck Wilds of Lititz. He is a 2011 graduate of Center Grove High School, Greenwood, Ind.


Mentoring Series Held August 8, 2018


National Veterans Association Elects Cunningham July 3, 2018

The Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) recently announced the results of its nationwide election of officers for the year. Local resident Dr. Paul H. Cunningham was elected president.

Cunningham is a McCaskey High School Class of 1948 alumnus. He enlisted in the Air Force after graduation and served four years, including 17 months at duty stations in Korea as a radar repair technician. Cunningham was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 1952.

Upon his return to Lancaster, he received his bachelor's degree from Millersville University and begain teaching at Hempfield High School. He later earned master's and doctoral degrees from Temple University, and he took the position of superintendent of schools for Dorchester County, Md.

Cunningham and his wife, Ruth, live in East Hempfield Township.


Shaffer Earns College Degree July 3, 2018

Kyle Shaffer of New Freedom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication from McDaniel College, Westminster, Md., during the college's 148th commencement ceremony on May 19. Shaffer was one of six McDaniel College graduates commissioned May 18 as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Select graduating seniors also received academic, activity, and leadership awards at the senior investiture and honors convocation on May 18. Shaffer was the recipient of The Michael L. Waghelstein Memorial Award for a student who has demonstrated military proficiency and leadership potential, athletic ability, sincerity, zest for living, and loyalty to country, college, and friends.

Shaffer is a three-year ROTC scholarship recipient. During his college career, he completed the Cultural Language and Understanding Program (CULP) in Gabon, Africa; Cadet Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Ky.; and Cadet Troop Leader Training with the 10th Mountain Infantry Division at Fort Polk, La. He also competed as part of the Green Terror Battalion Ranger Challenge team for three years. A member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at McDaniel, he volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster. Shaffer is going active duty and will attend the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga.


Ortiz To Receive Award June 25, 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 was slated to 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.


Sailors Clean Up Roadside June 13, 2018


Goodman Accepted Into Graduate Program June 13, 2018

Sarah Goodman of Hummelstown was recently accepted into a global master's degree program, the Global Field Program (GFP) of Miami University's Project Dragonfly. GFP students, who live throughout the United States and abroad, combine collaborative work in Dragonfly's web-based learning communities with work at conservation sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas.

Goodman will take classes toward a Master of Arts in teaching in the biological sciences through Project Dragonfly. This summer, Goodman is slated to travel to Baja to study the desert and marine landscapes of two diverse biosphere reserves through ecological and social field methods. Goodman works as a biology teacher at Cedar Cliff High School.


S.J. Eberle June 8, 2018

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

Eberle is the daughter of James Eberle of Lititz and Regena Frakes of Douglassville. She is a 2015 graduate of Manheim Township High School.


Kondor Honored With Bridge Name June 6, 2018

The life and service of Martin W. Kondor, a graduate of Eastern York High School who died in the line of duty on April 29, 2004, was honored on May 25. As the result of Act 4 of 2018, the Codorus Furnace Road bridge over the Codorus Creek in East Manchester and Hellam townships was renamed the SPC Martin W. Kondor Memorial Bridge.

A M240 gunner assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, SPC Kondor lost his life as the result of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated while he was on patrol in Baqubah, Iraq.


Atkinson Promoted To Lieutenant Colonel May 30, 2018

Maj. Philip Z. Atkinson, U.S. Air Force (USAF), was promoted to lieutenant colonel during a noon ceremony on April 27 at Kabeiseman Center at Andrew T. McNamara Headquarters Complex at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

Atkinson is a Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction planner within the Information and Technology Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), at Fort Belvoir. He earned his commission in 2003 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the Pennsylvania State University in State College. Upon entering active duty, he attended Joint Strike Undergraduate Navigator Training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, earning his wings in 2004.

He was then selected to become a B-1B Lancer Weapon Systems Officer at Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Abilene, Texas, arriving there in 2005 and completing training at the B-1 schoolhouse at the 28th Bomb Squadron in 2006. In 2010, he was selected to attend the USAF Weapons School, after which he was assigned to the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron. Next, he returned to the USAF Weapons School as an instructor. While stationed at Dyess AFB, he deployed three times to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, conducting combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Atkinson has more than 2,100 flying hours in the B-1, including 836 combat hours. He is married to Maritza, and they have a son, Augustine. He is the son of the late Rev. Theodore S. Atkinson and Kay Z. Atkinson, who lived in Kirkwood.

He is a 1998 graduate of Solanco High School and a 2003 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Additional education includes Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., 2009; Trident University, from which he received a Master of Business Administration in 2012; and Air Command and Staff College, 2012.

He received various awards and decorations, including Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Achievement Medal.


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.


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.


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.


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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