CORTLAND -- A city man is trying to round up personnel who served on the 888-foot former aircraft carrier Oriskany (CVA-34).
The ship is a combat veteran of Korea and Vietnam and is now at the Port of Pensacola, waiting to be sunk this summer for an artificial reef project, said Carl Brown of Cortland, who was an electrician on the ship from May 1961 to November 1964.
Oriskany is the Navy's first ship to be sunk under the authority provided by the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act and will be the largest ship sunk as an artificial reef.
The Oriskany artificial reef will benefit marine life, commercial and sport fishing and recreational diving off the coast of Florida.
Plans are to sink the vessel about 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, and this could take place by the end of summer, possibly June.
Brown wants to make as many local people as possible aware of the event and the Oriskany Reunion Association. Brown can be reached at (330) 637-3021.
The reunion this year is Oct. 2-5 in Evansville, Ind. The hosts are Charlie and Sharon Strickland. Guests will be staying at the Casino Aztar on the Ohio River, (800) 342-5386; ask for the USS Oriskany reunion block.
Charles and Sharon Strickland are at email@example.com or (812) 749-9503.
Air Force 1st Lt. Eva R. Sanchez, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reinaldo Sanchez of Boardman, has graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School here with a master's degree.
The school provides accredited graduate-level resident education for selected members of the armed forces in the administrative, communication, computer, engineering, meteorology, oceanography, science and national security affairs fields.
She is a 1997 graduate of Boardman High School and a 2001 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Marine Corps Pfc. Andrew T. Presco, son of Terri D. Ramsay Presco of McDonald, recently graduated from the Ammunition Technician Specialist Course while assigned to Marine Corps Detachment Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
During the course, Presco was instructed on the basics of automated accountability, receipt, storage, issue, handling and inventory of ammunition.
Presco is a 2004 graduate of McDonald High School and joined the Marine Corps in June 2004.
Honor Guard Program
Air Force Airman Jennifer Gougler, daughter of William and Nancy Cook of Warren and Rodger Gougler of Indiana, was recently selected to participate in the Honor Guard Program at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev.
She finished Air Force basic training in November 2003. Gougler completed the Dental Lab Technician Program at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, in august 2004 .
Gougler is a 2001 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Warren.
From CPT to major
Ohio National Guardsman CPT Phillip J. Boes, husband of the former Amy Stewart of Boardman, was recently promoted to the rank of major. He is serving as part of the KFOR, a member of a United Nations group serving in Kosovo.
He has been a member of the Ohio National Guard for 17 years.
He is the son of John and Marsha Boes of Defiance. He and his wife have a daughter, Brittany.
Army Sergeant First Class Pat Billett of Boardman was promoted to master sergeant and transferred to the 402d Quartermaster Battalion (petroleum) as their Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of operations. He recently was re-deployed from Operation Iraqi Freedom II, where he served 11 months with the 635th Quartermaster Detachment from Farrell, Pa. The Army unit managed bulk petroleum products in excess of 350 million gallons in Kuwait and Iraq. The unit was under the Combined Forces Land Component Command based in Kuwait. He served several months in Iraq as a petroleum liaison and assessed petroleum operations in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.
Soldier going to Iraq
Army Lt. Adam Harris, son of Richard and Diane Harris of Poland, has been deployed with the 7th Calvary of the 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Ga., to Baghdad, Iraq. Harris is an informations officer. His tour is expected to be 12 to 18 months.
Harris graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1998 and is a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., before transferring to Fort Steward in January 2004.
Sea trials complete
Several area Navy personnel recently completed a series of sea trials while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk while deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
They are Airman Karl D. Bowman, a 2001 graduate of Salem High School; Chief Petty Officer David A. Krimmer, son of Connie L. Krimmer of Mogadore and William R. Krimmer of Newton Falls; Petty Officer 1st Class Donald C. Schrader III, son of Vickie L. and Donald C. Schrader of Youngstown; Midshipman John G. Shaffo, son of Jorgine M. and Alex J. Shaffo of Youngstown; and Midshipman Chris D. Wright, son of Deborah L. and Carl D. Wright of Canfield.
The sea trials ended a four-month ship's restricted availability for Bowman's unit. The sea trials ensured Kitty Hawk can maneuver and maintain high speeds. The ship also tested many of it's self-defense systems.
Bowman joined the Navy in January 2004, while Krimmer joined in August 1988.
Schrader is a 1989 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and joined the Navy in October 1992.
Shaffo is a 2003 graduate of Chaney High School and began his Navy service in July 2003.
Wright is a 2003 graduate of Canfield High School and joined the Navy in July 2003.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brett E. Miller, who graduated in 1995 from Boardman High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1999 from Youngstown State University, participated in the 55th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., as a member of the Joint Task Force-Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. Committee members were competitively selected from the five branches of U.S. military services.
The joint service organization was charged with coordinating all military ceremonial participation and support for the inauguration.
The sergeant served as a premier band craftsman in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. He has two years of military service.
He is the son of Larry and Diane L. Miller of Boardman. His wife, Laura, is the daughter of Robert and Peggy Stefko of Poland.
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WITH THE VETS
Meeting schedule for the week of Feb. 6
Trumbull County Council, American Legion will meet at Post 235, 11 High St., Girard, 7 p.m.