Brooks to speak
YOUNGSTOWN -- Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army Chief of Public Affairs, will be the guest speaker at the veterans' and community leaders' Tribute to Mahoning Valley Area Sons and Daughters at War at 5:30 p.m. April 14 at ITAM Post 3, 113 S. Meridian Road. Brooks served as deputy director for operations and chief spokesman with the U.S. Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting Dom Medina, 591 Breetz Drive, Campbell 44405, at (330) 755-6276 by Thursday. Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan area should contact their local veterans post for ticket information.
A live video communication system set up during the dinner will provide a free, direct link between military members serving overseas and their families attending the event. Arrangements for participating in the video program must be made by contacting Tim Sokol, Falkon Enterprises Inc., at (330) 719-1902. The live video program will be provided through the courtesy of Marine veteran Marion Urichich, author of the book, "One In A Hundred Million." The book will be available at the dinner, and Urichich will donate sale proceeds to military families.
Brooks advances
Marine Corps Cpl. Andre A. Brooks, son of Brenda A. Brooks of Youngstown, was promoted to his current rank while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan. Brooks was promoted based on superior job performance and proficiency in his specialty. He is a 2000 graduate of The Rayen High School and joined the Marine Corps in May 2002.
Colton back in U.S.
Army National Guard 1st Lt. Craig K. Colton, son of Cheryl L. Colton of Girard, returned to the U.S. after being deployed to Camp Monteith, Gujilane, Kosovo, in support of Kosovo Force. The soldier, a member of the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, was assigned to the U.S. Army contingent Multinational Brigade-East.
Colton is an executive officer with 15 years of military service. For serving in Kosovo, he was awarded several medals including: the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Service Medal. Colton is married to Amy, and he graduated in 1989 from Girard High School.
Guy back in Germany
Army Spec. Robert R. Guy III, son of Beth Ann and Robert R. Guy of East Liverpool, has returned to Mannheim, Germany, after a deployment to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He is regularly assigned to the 72nd Signal Battalion and has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal. The medal is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service in the Army.
Guy is an information systems operator with three years of military service. He is a 1996 graduate of Beaver Local High School.
Three visit Korea
Navy Airman Karl D. Bowman, Chief Petty Officer David A. Krimmer and Petty Officer 1st Class Donald C. Schrader, III, recently made a scheduled port visit to Pusan, Republic of Korea, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
The three and about 3,200 of their fellow shipmates had a chance to sightsee, shop and enjoy recreational activities, as well as participate in other cultural exchanges with the citizens of Puson.
Bowman is a 2001 graduate of Salem High School and joined the Navy in January 2004.
Krimmer is the son of Connie L. Krimmer of Mogadore and William R. Krimmer of Newton Falls. He is a 1988 graduate of Mogadore High School and joined the Navy in August 1988.
Shrader is the son of Vickie L. and Donald C. Schrader of Austintown. He is a 1989 graduate of Fitch High School and joined the Navy in October 1992. He also graduated from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, with an associate's degree.
Readshaw serving
Army Lt. Col. Randy W. Readshaw, son of William and Janice Readshaw of Hermitage, Pa., is serving at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa., as an assistant chief of staff.
Readshaw, married to Rhonda, graduated in 1982 from Hickory High School, Hermitage, and received a bachelor's degree in 1986 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Pitts, Masotto report
Air Force Reserve Airman Nicole R. Pitts and Reserve Staff Sgt. James S. Masotto have arrived for duty at the Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Vienna.
Pitts, a medical service apprentice, has two years of military service. She is the daughter of Bob and Tammy Pitts of Garfield Street, Niles, and is a 2002 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, Niles.
Masotto, an air transportation helper, has one year of military service. He is the son of Stanley and Connie Masotto of Sharon, Pa. His wife, Linda, is the daughter of John and Ann Bradian of Sharon, Pa.
The sergeant is a 1982 graduate of Sharon High School.
Branca graduates
Army 2nd Lt. Brandon W. Branca graduated from the infantry officer basic course at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
The four-month course instructs new lieutenants in leadership, tactical skills, combat-related skills and tasks that concentrate on practical battlefield training. The students learned by performing and demonstrating proficiency in practical, external evaluation and field-tactical exercises. Graduates qualify as both mechanized and light-infantry platoon leaders.
He is the son of Ralph A. and Donna L. Branca of Mercer, Pa. He graduated in 1999 from Mercer Junior-Senior High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2004 from Edinboro University.
Madden graduates
Army National Guard Pvt. Michael J. Madden, son of Jennifer R. and William M. Madden of Ellwood City, Pa., graduated from the Chaplain Assistant Advanced Individual Training course at the Chaplain School, Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
The course emphasized religious support, development of interpersonal skills and unit ministry support to soldiers and family members. The support training provided services in a battlefield environment and battle fatigue-casualty care.
Littleton graduates
Amber Littleton, daughter of Debbie Savage of Cochranton, Pa., graduated from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve.
The six-week, in-resident course curriculum prepares the officer candidate for initial assignment as a commissioned officer and serves as a foundation to build a career in the Air Force reserve components.
After graduation, the lieutenant either attends further career development training or returns to his or her resident state unit of assignment for duty. The lieutenant earned the distinguished graduate award from the course. She is an intelligence officer assigned to Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.
Her husband, Robert, is the son of Robert E. Littleton of McDonough, Ga., and Connie J. Littleton of Hadley, Pa. She is a 1995 graduate of Commodore Perry High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1998 from Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.
Fisher graduates
Army National Guard Pvt. Aaron D. Fischer, son of Donna L. Focht of Hubbard and Dirk J. Fischer of Youngstown, graduated from the track vehicle repairer course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md. He was trained to troubleshoot, repair and maintain mechanical, electrical, air, fuel, brake, steering, transmission assemblies, hydraulic systems and fire extinguisher and suppression assemblies on tracked vehicles.
Air Force: Airman Eric J. Bestwick (Grove City Area High School '01), son of William and Louann Bestwick of Grove City, Pa.
Navy: Seaman Apprentice Misty M. Whittaker, daughter of Mary M. Gordon of Niles and Donald L. Whittaker of Mineral Ridge.
Aleutian Island gathering
Aleutian Island World War II veterans reunion, June 3-5, in Dyersburg, Tenn. All service branches, guests and spouses are welcome. For information and/or registration blank, write to Al Kinr, POB 130327, Sunrise, Fla. 33313, by May 2.
XItems of note for the Military Roundup can be sent to The Vindicator, Regional Desk, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or e-mailed to

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