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Published: Sat, February 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



HONORS

Hunt awarded Bronze Star

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Nathan T. Hunt, grandson of Charles B. Hunt Sr. of Sebring, recently received the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device for heroic achievement action during combat operations while assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines deployed to the Northern Babil and Al Anbar regions of Iraq.

The Bronze Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the armed forces in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service not involving aerial flight.

Hunt is a 1994 graduate of West Branch High School and joined the Marine Corps in August 1996.

Reither wins a medal

Navy Hospitalman Travis J. Reither, son of Cindy R. Painter of Clarks Mills, Pa., and Donald E. Reither of Mercer, Pa., recently received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device while serving as a corpsman assigned to Civil Affairs Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Iraq. According to a military press release, Reither's knowledge as a corpsman assisted in treating two Iraqi citizens on two separate occasions for epileptic seizures.

While securing a battalion objective in Yusifiyah, Reither also aided in the discovery of several enemy rocket-propelled grenade rockets, mortar rounds and hand grenades, which deprived the enemy of safe havens for weapons and minimized their ability to attack coalition forces, the press release said.

Reither is a 2001 graduate of Commodore Perry High School. He joined the Navy in June 2002.

DEPLOYED

Eggleston and Lloyd

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamian R. Eggleston, son of Pearl and George E. Eggleston of New Castle, Pa.; and Seaman Apprentice Bailey M. Lloyd, granddaughter of Charles and Dorthy Butler of Girard, is currently deployed with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Eggleston joined the Navy in December 1996 while Lloyd joined in July 2003.

Jackson serving in Iraq

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Randy L. Jackson Jr., son of Doormen Moorage of Girard, is currently in the middle of a deployment to Iraq while stationed with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (HMM-268), homebased at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Jackson's unit took over the casualty evacuation mission for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

HMM-268, also known as the Red Dragons, operates and maintains the CH-46E Sea Knight aircraft, providing assault transport of combat troops in initial assault waves and follow-on stages of amphibious operations and subsequent operations ashore.

Jackson is a 1993 graduate of Girard High School and joined the Marine Corps in December 1993.

ADVANCED TRAINING

Vaughn graduates

Army Reserve Pvt. Brandon C. Vaughn has graduated from the Automated Logistical Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at the Army Quartermaster Center and School, Fort Lee, Va.

The course is designed to train soldiers to establish and maintain stock records and other documents such as inventory, materiel control, accounting and support reports, automated and manual accounting records; perform stock record/warehouse functions pertaining to receipt, storage, distribution and issue and maintain equipment records and parts; review and verify bills of lading, contracts, and purchase orders; repair and construct shipping crates for equipment and supplies, and perform prescribed loads and shop stock lists in manual and automated supply applications.

He is the son of Jakkie M. and Damon D. Vaughn of Lexington Ave. N.W., Warren.

Vaughn is a 2004 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School.

Dodson completes course

Navy Hospitalman Apprentice Felicia R. Dodson, daughter of Rondelynn R. Robertson, of Masury and Jeffrey A. Dodson Sr., of Niles, recently graduated from the Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the 14-week course, Dodson learned a wide range of medical procedures used to provide first aid and assist Navy doctors and nurses.

Dodson also received an introductory instruction for service in a variety of medical environments, from fleet hospitals and shipboard medical departments to fleet Marine forces and medical administration offices.

Dodson is a 2004 graduate of Niles McKinley High School.

Denney qualifies as expert

Army Pfc. Louis C. Denney has graduated from Basic Infantry Training, Delta Company 2/58, Fort Benning Ga., Friday.

He qualified as expert with rifle and grenade, and was second in the company in the Army Physical Fitness test.

E3 Denney will move on to attend the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, 11th Infantry Airborne, 507th Infantry, in Georgia.

BASIC GRADS

Army: Army Pfc. Stacy A. Painter (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School, Chardon, '99), daughter of Diane E. Painter of Rome, and sister of Faith C. Painter of Jamestown, Pa.; Reserve Pvt. Nicholas E. Amberger (Warren G. Harding High School '04), son of Jeana P. Amberger of Warren; Reserve Spec. Valerie L. Shaffer (Brookfield High School '94, Youngstown State University '99), daughter of Robert Shaffer of Cortland and Sally Myers of Masury.

Navy: Seaman Apprentice Daniel J. Fleet (New Wilmington High School '97), son of Esther E. and John S. Fleet of Mercer, Pa.; Airman Apprentice Jeff A. Hyde (Howland High School '04), son of Brenda G. and Don C. Hyde of Howland; Seaman Apprentice Kiel L. Stanley (Austintown Fitch High School '04), son of Kim E. and Brian L. Stanley of Austintown; Navy Seaman Recruit Fred M. Baxter (Badger High School '04), son of Pam S. Baxter and Ford F. Baxter, both of Kinsman.

EVENTS

Tribute benefits military

A tribute to area men and women in the armed forces who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan will take place at 5:30 p.m. April 14 at the Italian-American War Veterans Post 3, 113 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Proceeds from the event will be used to assist those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

Tickets to the dinner are $25, and there will be a cash bar.

To buy tickets, send a check or money order by April 7 to Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Tribute, c/o Dom Medina, treasurer, 591 Breetz Drive, Campbell, Ohio, 44405.

Family or friends of military deployed to these areas who want to have members of the armed services recognized should contact Medina at 330-755-6276.

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 news@vindy.com.




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