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WITH THE VETS Veterans meetings

Sunday, August 5, 2001

Marine Reunion Set
YOUNGSTOWN -- The 22nd annual Marine Corps reunion, with Tri-State Marine Corps League Detachment 494 as host, will be Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to midnight at ITAM Post 3, 115 S. Meridian Road. There will be a speaker from Headquarters Marine Corps, a memorial service, buffet dinner, historical displays and a ships store. All active duty, reserve, retired and former Marines and guests are invited to attend. The cost is $20 per person. Call Phil Snyder (330) 758-6976 or Dan O'Connell (330) 782-6256 by Friday for reservations.
Elected at convention
POLAND -- Joe Vrable, past commander of American Legion Mahoning Valley Post 15, was elected second vice commander of the American Legion Department of Ohio at the organization's annual convention in Cincinnati. Vrable served in the Army during the Korean War, and previously was Department of Ohio Historian and vice chairman of the legion's National Security Council and a member of the National Legislative Council.
He also is past commander of the Mahoning County Veterans Council and of the Ninth District, where he is adviser for its Sons of the American Legion Mahoning Valley Squadron 15. Vrable is a member of several veterans organizations and a charter member of the Mahoning Valley Honor Guard. He retired from LTV Steel in Youngstown, where he was head analyst in the chemical laboratory and was president of United Steelworkers Local 2163. He also owned and operated a tavern and restaurant for 27 years.
Honored with fair day
JEFFERSON -- Veterans Day at the Ashtabula County Fair will be from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free for veterans who present a membership card for a veterans organization, copy of discharge papers or Veterans Affairs clinic card or wear a uniform.
Health evaluations
The Butler, Pa., Veterans Affairs Medical Center Mobile Outreach Team will provide health evaluations and other services at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: VFW Post 315, New Castle, Tuesday; American Legion Post 638, Bessemer, Aug. 14; St. Michael Church, Hermitage, Aug. 16.
Academy graduate
Army Master Sgt. Scott L. Brown graduated from the Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. Selection for attendance at the Army's highest level enlisted education system is made from among noncommissioned officers with fewer than 23 years' service who have demonstrated the highest standards of performance and job proficiency. Brown is a son of Ed and Gwen M. Brown, 703 Bennington Ave., Youngstown, and a 1979 graduate of Youngstown East High School.
Completed courses
Other area residents who completed military training: Army National Guard Pvt. Jason P. Bries (Austintown Fitch High School '00), light-wheel vehicle mechanic advanced individual training (AIT) course, Fort Jackson, S.C., son of Linda Loth, 137 S. Roanoke Ave., and grandson of Joseph and Lillian Nagy, 4644 Rita Ave., all of Austintown; Army Pvt. Nikia R. Clay (Windham High School '98), automated logistical specialist advanced individual training (AIT) course, Fort Lee, Va., daughter of Debbie and Jesse Clay, 1142 Bingham St. N.W., Warren; Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ronald A. Frankford (Austintown Fitch High School '85), communications-computer systems operations apprentice course, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., son of Bruce A. Frankford, 2925 Penny Lane, Austintown, and Marge R. Frankford, 527 Baldwin Ave., Niles.
First in legal studies
Eva Rae Sanchez graduated first in her legal studies major from the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and was commissioned a second lieutenant. While at the academy, she was named Outstanding Cadet in legal studies, was on the Dean's List every semester, was a member of the fencing team during her first two years and completed the free-fall jump program to earn the Air Force Jump Badge.
Sanchez, a 1997 graduate of Boardman High School, is stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, as a contracting officer. She is a daughter of Reinaldo and Wildemina Ocasio Sanchez, 523 Oak Ave., Boardman.
In Class of 2005
Jason L. Holloway, son of Jeffrey L. and Debra K. Holloway, Keswich, Va., and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Preston, 140 Northgate Drive, Warren, was accepted to the Class of 2005, Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. He was administered the oath of office by his father, a 1973 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and a 1977 graduate of the Naval Academy.
Completed training
Several area residents have completed basic military training:
Marine Corps: Pvt. Antone C. Chisholm (Grove City, Pa., High School '99).
Air Force: Jason P. Rhamy, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (Campbell Memorial High School ' 96), son of Cy and Rosemarie Cmil, 514 Blossom Ave., Campbell; Airman Bryan J. Sinkus (Boardman High School '99), Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, son of Terri Basham, 420 McClurg Road, Boardman.
Army: Pvt. Shaun A. Gibson (New Castle, Pa., High School '96), Fort Benning, Ga., son of Rosemarie and Dale Gibson, 612 Taylor St., New Castle; National Guard Pvt. Ryan T. Stidum (Greenville, Pa., High School '00), Fort Sill, Okla., son of Jerri Farrah-Wilds, 994 East Jamestown Road, Jamestown, Pa., and R.C. Stidum, La Mesa, Calif.; National Guard Spec. Angeline M. Harris (Rayen High School, Youngstown '92 and Ohio State University '97), Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., daughter of Ana B. Harris, 208 Broadway Ave., Youngstown, and Angel Medina, Philadelphia.
Second lieutenant
Lori A. Pluchinsky, a graduate of Poland High School and summa cum laude graduate of Youngstown State University, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and is assigned to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as a personnel officer in the special investigations unit.
Pluchinsky was formerly an English teacher and head girls basketball coach at Columbiana High School. She is a daughter of Robert and Jewel Pluchinsky, 8076 Cliffview Ave., Poland.
Ensign in Navy
Ryan E. Leary, a 1996 graduate of Jamestown, Pa., High School, was commissioned an ensign in the Navy after graduation from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Penn State University, University Park, Pa.
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