CONNELSVILLE -- Richard Carl Pifer graduated Saturday from the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., as a lieutenant in the Army.
He's the son of Christine Pifer of Connelsville and Richard Pifer of Salem. His grandparents are Patricia Pifer of Canfield and Joseph Ross of Connelsville. He's a 1997 graduate of Connelsville High School were he won the Western Pennsylvania Athletic League Wrestling Championship and has helped coach wrestling for underprivileged children.
He will be stations in Fort Haucucha, Ariz., for his basic officer's course, and that at Fort Carson, Colo., for military intelligence.
Two area residents have completed basic military training. They are:
Marine Corps -- Pvt. Jesse A. Hines (Wilmington Area High School '99), son of Evelyn Hines of 59 Valley View Drive, New Wilmington; and Reserve Pvt. Corey H. Offutt, (Wilmington Area High School '00), son of Michael R. and Jerri J. Offutt of New Wilmington.
Items of note for the Military Roundup can be sent to The Vindicator, Regional Desk, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780.