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Book group forming
The Boardman Barnes & amp; Noble bookstore's Military History book group, called That Was Then, will have its first meeting at 11 a.m. Aug. 17. The purpose of the first meeting will be to see how many people are interested and decide what book to read for the next meeting. Call Keri Harmicar at (330) 629-9436 for more information.
Vietnam drama
BUTLER, Pa. -- Tickets are available for all performances of Shirley Lauro's "A Piece of My Heart," a drama about the women who served in Vietnam. The performances at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 325 New Castle Road, will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Aug. 11. There is no charge for tickets, but reservations are required. Call Madge Miele at (724) 285-2572 or (800) 362-8262 for ticket information. Because of the serious nature of the content, parental discretion is advised.
AMVETS commander
YOUNGSTOWN -- John P. Brown III was elected the commander of AMVETS Department of Ohio 2002-2003 at the recent state convention in Cincinnati.
Brown, a lifelong resident of Youngstown, has been active in veterans' affairs since joining the Navy in 1965. A life member of AMVETS Post 44, he hosts a weekly radio program on veterans' issues on WBBG/WNIO/WRTK.
He is retired from Ameritech (now SBC Ameritech) and is the veterans and military liaison for the 17th Congressional District. He also serves as the Northeast Ohio representative for the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve and is the president of the Mahoning Veterans Memorial, a nonprofit corporation restoring the 200-year-old log cabin at the Canfield Fairgrounds as a memorial to all Mahoning County veterans.
Brown is married to Jan Compton Brown and has three children, Charlene, Stephanie and Christopher.
Musical review
BELOIT -- Army Sgt. Linda D. Carter was recently selected one of 25 soldiers in the cast and crew of the 2002 U.S. Army Soldier Show.
The show is a high-energy, MTV-style live musical review showcasing the talents of active duty and reserve soldiers.
The show opened in May at Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Va., and will tour through November in 20 states, Germany, Italy and the Middle East.
Carter will perform in the show as well as serve as an audio technician.
The daughter of Eleanor A. and Gary A. Carter of Westville Lake Road, Beloit, Carter is a crew chief normally assigned to the 101st Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky.
She is a 1986 graduate of West Branch High School.
Petty officer
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey T. (Nagy) Wagner, son of Dave and Jill Wagner of Boardman, has retired after 20 years of service.
He enlisted in August 1982, after graduating in 1981 from Boardman High School, and was trained as an electronics technician. Wagner served four years each in Norfolk, Va., Scotland and Bermuda, and eight years on recruiting duty in Minneapolis, Minn.
Wagner has accepted an appointment with the Transportation Security Administration at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He is married to the former Denise VanDyke of Boardman. They live in Big Lake, Minn., with their daughter Amanda.
Army: National Guard Pvt. Misty L. Welton (Grove City, Pa. High School, '01), daughter of Matthew and Janine Welton of Grove City; Pvt. Mark A. Springer (East Liverpool High School), son of Korrine K. Parson of East Liverpool and David L. Springer of Lisbon; Pvt. Monica C. Barnard (Columbiana High School, '01), daughter of Jill and Shawn Barnard of Columbiana; Pvt. Tiffany N. Woods (West Branch High School, Beloit, '00), daughter of Jeff Woods of Sebring and Lisa Cole of Beloit; Pvt. Christopher S. Cascio (Commodore Perry Junior Senior High School, Hadley, Pa., '00), son of Linda Cascio of Greenville, Pa.; Pvt. Julia E. Molina (Mineral Ridge High School, '98), daughter of Elisa Molina of Mineral Ridge; Pvt. Paul V. Safarek (Austintown Fitch High School, '01), son of Joan Safarek of Youngstown and Paul R. Safarek of Boardman.
Food service course
Marine Corps Pfcs. Kenneth L. Smith and Justin R. Capps have completed the Basic Food Service Course at the Marine Corps Detachment, Army Quartermaster Center, Fort Lee, Va. Smith is a son of Lisa J. Caraballo of Alliance and Kenneth D. Smith of Deerfield. Capps, a son of Diane S. and Dennis R. Capps of Leetonia, is a 2001 graduate of Leetonia High School.
Nuclear power training
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Bret A. Marstellar, a 2000 graduate of Reynolds High School, Transfer, Pa., completed the Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit course at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, N. Y.
Hospital Corps graduate
Navy Seaman Apprentice Tyrone J. Washington, a son of Denise and Tyrone Washington of Youngstown, graduated from the 14-week Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Ill. Washington is a 2001 graduate of Chaney High School.
Officer training
Navy Reserve Ensign Jason A. Mihalcin, a stepson of Francis G. and a son of Marla M. Vandenberg of Hermitage, Pa., recently completed the six-week Officer Indoctrination Course at the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, R. I. Mihalcin is a 1994 graduate of Hickory High School, Hermitage, and in 1998 received a bachelor of science degree from Westminster, Pa., College.
Airborne School
Marine Corps Sgt. Robert G. Sloan, son of Rob and Nancy Sloan of McDonald, graduated from Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., and is now stationed at Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan. He is a 1996 graduate of McDonald High School.
Performance of duty
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Keith A. Reitz, a 2000 graduate of Salem Wesleyan Academy, Salem, received a Certificate of Commendation while assigned with the Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Three, Cherry Point, N. C. He was recognized for his superior performance of duty.
Airman first class
Jessica E. Tallon was recently promoted to the rank of airman first class in the U.S. Air Force.
Tallon is a readiness apprentice assigned to the 347th Civil Engineer Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Ga.
She is the daughter of Randy J. and Marisa L. Tallon of Townwood Road, Ellwood City, Pa.
Tallon is a 1998 graduate of Riverside High School in Ellwood City.
Deployed at sea
Several area residents have departed on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which has as its home port Norfolk, Va. The aircraft carrier recently visited Crete, Greece. They are among the more than 10,000 Atlantic Fleet sailors and Marines aboard the ships of the USS George Washington Carrier Battle Group and USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group who are ready to participate in Operation Enduring Freedom.
They include: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David A. Walker, a son of Dorothy E. and Raymond J. Walker of Mercer, Pa.; Navy Petty Officer 1st Class JoAnn Sutton, a 1974 graduate of Youngstown South High School; Navy Airman Scott W. Smith, a son of Larry A. Smith of Wellsville; Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Mary K. Pfaff, a daughter of Margaret A. and Michael J. Pfaff of Warren; Navy Seaman Michael J. Ostrode, son of Sue and Bob Ostrode of Cortland; Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen R. Downs, a son of Susan E. McKinnis of New Castle, Pa., and Robert L. Downs of Woodbury, Conn; and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian K. Miller, a son of Paulette N. Gillette of East Liverpool and a 1986 graduate of Beaver Local High School of Lisbon.
Delayed training
BOARDMAN -- Stephen C. Donahue, a student at Boardman High School, joined the U.S. Army Reserve under the Delayed Training Program.
After completion of basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., Donahue will receive advanced individual training in his career job specialty. He is the son of Linda and William J. Donahue, Tippwood Court, Boardman.
80th Infantry Division: Aug. 14-18, 2002, Melbourne, Fla. Contact Robert T. Murrell at (412) 828-7651.
XItems of note for the Military Roundup can be sent to The Vindicator, Regional Desk, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780.

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