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VETERANS



Published: Sun, September 8, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



VETERANS

Patriots Day

BESSEMER, Pa. -- VFW Post 267 and its Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a Patriots Day Memorial Service at 10 a.m. Wednesday in from of Mohawk High School, to mark the terrorists attacks on America and to honor Americans who died in the attacks. Contact Phillip E. Kelly at (724) 667-9759 for more information.

Conley heads Legion

PITTSBURGH -- Ronald F. Conley, an Air Force Vietnam-era veteran from Pittsburgh, was elected national commander of the 2.8-million member American Legion at the organization's 84th national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

In 1988, Conley founded and still serves as president of the American Legion for Homeless Veterans Corp., which operates eight veterans homes in Pennsylvania. He also was an Allegheny County commissioner for eight years.

BASIC GRADS

Army: Pvt. Molly M. Letina (Youngstown Chaney High School, '00), granddaughter of Margie Chaibi of Youngstown; Pfc. Dustin A. Bowman (West Holmes High School, Millersburg, '99, and received an associate degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima, '02), son of Judy Bowman of Millersburg and Dale Bowman of Youngstown; National Guard Pvt. Glenn A. Vaughn (Laurel High School, New Castle, Pa. '00), son of Brinley Vaughn of New Castle.

ARMY ROTC

YOUNGSTOWN -- The YSU Army ROTC named several senior military science cadets to serve in leadership roles for the 2002-03 academic year. They are: battalion commander, Lt. Col. Paul Stankick of Boardman; executive officer, Maj. James Filicky of Hubbard; adjutant, Capt. Keona McNair of Youngstown; operations and training officer, Maj. William Ramey of Warren; assistant training officer, 1st Lt. Adam Loutzenhiser of Berlin Center; assistant operations officer, Capt. Amy Spooner of East Palestine; and logistics officer, 1st Lt. Joseph Sobnosky of Waldorf, Md.

ADVANCED TRAINING

Leadership camp

James J. Filicky Jr. has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) National Advanced Leadership Camp at Fort Lewis, Wash. He is the son of James J. and Margaret L. Filicky of Hubbard and is a 1995 graduate of Hubbard High School and a 2001 graduate of Youngstown State University.

Maintenance course

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Shawn Livingston completed the 22-week C-130 aerospace maintenance apprentice course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and is taking additional training at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. He is a son of David and Marcia Matanin of Hubbard and is a 2001 graduate of Hubbard High School.

PROMOTIONS

Second lieutenants

YOUNGSTOWN -- Two YSU Army Reserve ROTC cadets, Christopher D. Gilbert of Youngstown and Carrie A. Mitchell of Hiram, commissioned to second lieutenant in the Army upon graduation from YSU.

Gilbert is attending the field artillery basic course at Fort Sill, Okla., and will be assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., upon graduation.

Mitchell will attend the transportation officer basic course at Fort Eustis, Va., and will be assigned to Germany upon graduation.

Staff sergeant

Air Force Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Leskovec II was promoted to his current rank while assigned as a technical aircraft specialist with the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and also received two Gold Star awards for excellence.

He is a son of Dennis and Deborah Leskovec of Liberty and is a 1997 graduate of Liberty High School.

Honor board chairman

Merchant Marine Academy Midshipman Jacob M. George, a Canfield High School graduate, was named regimental band company honor board chairman. In that position, he is representative for and counselor to 80 midshipmen bandsmen, pertaining to the academy's honor code.

George is scheduled to graduate in June 2003 with a bachelor of science degree, a merchant marine license and a Naval Reserve commission.

Military intelligence

Army 2nd Lt. Blake N. Mack was commissioned after completing the Army ROTC program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa.

Mack has been assigned to the military intelligence branch, and will attend an officer basic course in his specialty and then be assigned to a National Guard or Reserve unit. He is the son of Terry L. Mack of Moon Township, Pa., and Marie L. Mack of Ellwood City, Pa., and is a 1998 graduate of Lincoln High School, Ellwood City.

HONORS

Service medal recipient

Air Force Master Sgt. Frank Yukon III received the Meritorious Service Medal his outstanding performance from Oct. 13, 1998, to March 20, 2002, while assigned to the 62nd Supply Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Wash.

During this period, Yukon provided critical advice during construction of an $18.7 million hydrant fueling system; his ability to solve technical problems resulted in McChord's selection as one of only two AF bases to test a $33 million automated data collection system; and he was key in the squadron's selection as Best in Command for 2000 and as a finalist in 2001.

He is a son of Frank Jr. and Joanne Yukon of Youngstown and is a 1976 graduate of Youngstown Chaney High School.

Naval Academy seminar

Civilian Christopher D. Wright, son of Deborah L. and Carl D. Wright of Canfield, recently participated in the Naval Academy's weeklong summer seminar program in Annapolis, Md. Wright attends Canfield High School.

ENDURING FREEDOM

Deployment in Mideast

Marine Lance Cpl. J. P. Wagner, son of Ruth M. and Randy Wagner of Greenville, Pa., recently completed a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard the ships of the USS John F. Kennedy Carrier Battle Group and USS Wasp Amphibious Ready Group.

Assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., Wagner is a 2000 graduate of Greenville Senior High School.

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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