Meeting changed
The Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission has changed its meeting time and place. It will meet Friday at 9 a.m. at the Canfield Fairgrounds in the Mahoning Veterans Memorial Building. The organization usually meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Mahoning County Annex.
Air Force and Army
A list of local people who have completed basic training:
U Air Force: Reserve Airman 1st Class Robert J. Craciun (Youngstown Chaney High School, '01), son of Robert Craciun Sr. of Youngstown, and Mary Mitchell of Austintown; Airman Eric W. Cochran (Cleveland Christian Academy, '02), son of Sally Cochran of Youngstown; Airman 1st Class Robert M. Stensrud (Western Reserve High School, Berlin Center, '98), wife, Monique, lives in Warren, and he is the son of Robert Stensrud of Berlin Center; Airman 1st Class Adam M. Ostheimer (Sharon, Pa., High School, '00), son of Charlene Ostheimer of Sharon, and Jeffery Ostheimer of Hubbard.
U Army: Pvt. Derek J. Hedglin (Grove City, Pa., High School, '01), son of Mike and Debra Hedglin of Grove City; Reserve Pvt. Alan F. Spencer (Champion High School, '00), son of Marilyn Spencer of Champion and grandson of Donellia Caldwell of Warren; National Guard Pvt. Candace O. Kaptain (Western Reserve High School, Berlin Center, '00), daughter of Tammy Brobst of Berlin Center, and Kevin Kaptain of Lake Milton; Pvt. John L. Butler Jr. (Youngstown Woodrow Wilson High School, '01), son of Kimberly Butler and stepson of Elmer Bell of Youngstown; National Guard Pvt. Michael H. Geiwitz (Grove City, Pa., High School, '00), son of Marlene Geiwitz of Grove City; National Guard Pvt. Kenneth M. Badger (Lakeview High School, Stoneboro, Pa., '00).
U Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jeffrey D. Burgess graduated from the aerospace propulsion apprentice (turboprop) course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Burgess is the son of Jeff and Georganne Burgess of New Castle, Pa., and a 1999 graduate of Laurel High School, New Castle.
U Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Wilford, son of Patti M. Wilford of Brookfield, and Douglas Wilford of Orange Park, Fla., graduated from Basic Refrigeration Mechanic Course. Wilford is a 2000 graduate of Brookfield High School.
2nd lieutenant
Air Force 2nd Lt. David J. Cathell was commissioned while serving as a missile and combat crew member assigned to the 9th Space Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D. He is the son of Sally I. Paugh and stepson of Kieth Paugh of Wellsville.
He graduated in 1991 from Wellsville High School and received a bachelor's degree in 2001 from the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Deployed to Saudi Arabia
Army Spec. Brent I. Briggs and Sgt. 1st Class Johnnie B. Smith have deployed to Saudi Arabia in support Operation Enduring Freedom, where they will serve under U.S. Army Forces, U.S. Central Command. They are regularly assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas.
A Patriot missile crew member, Briggs is the son of Craig V. and Debi L. Briggs of Howland and is a 1997 graduate of Howland High School.
Smith, a Patriot launching station enhanced operator/maintainer, is the son of James E. and Mattie P. Hawkins of New Castle, Pa. He is a 1975 graduate of Lawrence County Vocational Technical High School, New Castle.
Army Spec. Lee D. Ashley has returned to the United States from Afghanistan, where he was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is now assigned to the 626th Forward Support Battalion at Fort Campbell, Ky. Ashley, a motor transport operator, is the grandson of Verty M. Ashley of Masury and is a 1998 graduate of Brookfield High School.
U Ohio LST/Amphibs Association: Sept. 29-30, Medina Best Western at Interstate 71 and state Route 18. The main speaker is Gerry Faust, former football coach of Cincinnati Moeller High School, Notre Dame University and the University of Akron. Contact Norge J. Santin, 4407 Ranchwood Road, Akron 44333, or by e-mail at
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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