ELLSWORTH -- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9571 has installed an AH-1S Cobra Helicopter outside its post home on Ellsworth Road, off U.S. Route 224, as a monument to all area veterans.
Robert Osthoff, Post 9571 quartermaster, said the total cost of the project will be about $8,000, which was raised primarily by community events. He said the E & amp;L Welding Co. and Ray Shaffer Construction Co. were instrumental in transporting and placing the aircraft and erecting the pedestal. A dedication ceremony is being planned for September, Osthoff said.
Osthoff said a helicopter was chosen as a monument because it is symbolic of the Vietnam War, in which many of Post 9571's members fought.
Austintown '95 grad
Naval Reserve Ensign Christopher J. Elias was commissioned after completing Officer Candidate School at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla. He is scheduled to attend cryptology school at Pensacola, after which he will be assigned as a cryptologist with the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md. Elias, a 1995 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, is the son of William and Janet Elias of Austintown.
Returned from overseas
Navy Seaman Bailey M. Lloyd, granddaughter of Charles and Dorthy Butler of Girard, recently returned from a deployment to the Mediterranean aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home-ported in Norfolk, Va.
East Liverpool graduate
Navy Chief Petty Officer Jonathan M. Newlun, son of Pamela S. and John R. Newlun of East Liverpool, recently was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper, whose home port is Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Newlun is a 1992 graduate of East Liverpool High School.
910TH AIRLIFT WING
Air Force Reserve Airman Adonis N. Dascoulias, an aerospace ground equipment technician, has arrived for duty at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, where he is assigned to the 910th Maintenance Squadron.
Dascoulias, son of Janice A. Gilmore of Cortland, is a 2003 graduate of Lakeview High School. His grandfather, Larry Gilmore Sr., lives in Warren.
Air traffic control grad
Air Force Airman Crystal M. Plesea graduated from the air traffic control operations apprentice course at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss. Plesea is the daughter of Anita M. and stepdaughter of Terry R. Fraser of Salineville. She is a 2002 graduate of Howland High School.
Air Force: Airman Kenneth R. Coward (Austintown Fitch High School,'03), son of Lawrence and Maria Coward of Austintown; Airman Calvin E. Hill (Warren G. Harding High School, Warren, '03), son of Ronette Young of Warren and grandson of Louise Griffin of Youngstown; Reserve Airman Nicole R. Pitts (Niles McKinley High School, '02), daughter of Tammy and Robert Pitts of Niles; Airman Kevin M. Rich (Mercer, Pa., Junior Senior High School, '03), son of Kelley Evans of Mercer; Airman Joshua J. Pipp (Jamestown, Pa., High School, '03), son of Thomas Pipp of Jamestown and Karen Boye of Conneaut Lake, Pa.
Army: Spec. David R. Laughlin (Newton Falls High School, '98; Mount Union College, Alliance, '03), son of Dave Laughlin of Newton Falls; Pvt. Michael P. Court (West Branch High School, Beloit, '02), son of Susan Poier of Sebring; Spec. Leartes R. Bryant (Ursuline High School, '96, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa., '01), son of William Bryant of Girard.
Navy: Seaman Camille Heinrich (Lawrence County Vocational Technical High School, New Castle, Pa., '98), daughter of Lisa A. Ehko of Marshall, Va., and Thomas A. Heinrich of New Castle; Fireman David G. Egner (Labrae High School, Leavittsburg, '97), son of Judith K. Egner of Romulus, Mich., and George F. Egner of Niles; Seamen Apprentice Raymond L. Bosly (Boardman High School, '02), son of Robert M. Bosly of Boardman.
Kevin E. Mauersberg has completed the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps field training encampment at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla. Mauersberg, a student at Wright State University, Dayton, is the son of Arnold C. and Carol R. Mauersberg of Cortland. He graduated in 1989 from Maplewood High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1995 from the Ohio State University, Columbus.
910TH AIRLIFT WING
Airman arrives for duty
Air Force Reserve Airman Yolanda E. North has arrived for duty at the 910th Communications Flight, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna. North, a 1990 graduate of Rayen High School, is the daughter of Oscar C. North Jr. of Warren and Josephine North of Youngstown.
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