AMVET of the year
AMVETS Department of Ohio announced that Janette Brown, retired Air Force senior master sergeant, was recognized as the recipient of the John L. Smith Award as the Outstanding AMVET of the Year. The award is the highest available to Ohio AMVETS.
Brown, wife of Youngstown veterans talk show host John P. Brown III, was presented her award at a banquet held in conjunction with the 60th annual AMVETS Department of Ohio Convention, June 9-12.
Brown was recognized for her leadership as Youngstown AMVETS Post 44 commander, for her activities in the National AMVETS organization, and for her volunteerism in her local community.
She is a Mahoning County veterans service commissioner, co-chairman of the Mahoning County Memorial Day Grave Decoration Committee, a member of the United Veterans Council Mahoning County, a volunteer at the Canfield Fair, and she also volunteers to work with Congressman Ted Strickland, D-Lisbon, in the recommending of students for the U.S. military academies.
Re-elected state chaplain
Dr. Barry Walker of East Palestine was re-elected state chaplain for the ninth consecutive time during the annual meeting of the VFW of Ohio in Cincinnati.
Robert W. Funk, Jr. of Westerville was elected to his eighth term as state quartermaster/adjutant and is charged with running the day-to-day operation of state headquarters.
Other officers elected are Richard Uzl Jr. of Cleveland as judge advocate; Gerald Ward of Celina, inspector; and Leon Johnson of Spencerville as state surgeon.
Three armed services personnel with Mahoning Valley roots completed phases of their military training.
Marine Corps Pfc. Gasper Buffa III of Youngstown completed the administrative clerk course at Personnel Administration School at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Buffa is the son of Sandra Barger of Youngstown and Gasper Buffa Jr. of Rochester Hills, Mich. Buffa is a 1998 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and joined the Marine Corps in October 2004.
Army Master Sgt. Dolishia K. King of Youngstown graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
King is the daughter of Lola M. Workman of Youngstown.
Marine Corps Pvt. Dacre D. Harris of Warren graduated from the ammunition technician specialist course while assigned to Marine Corps Detachment Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.
He is the son of Tipaporn and Erman H. Harris of Warren.
5-week training course
Marine Corps Pvt. Scott A. Canady, son of Janet M. Canady of West Middlesex, Pa., and Mark J. Canady of Hermitage, Pa., and Marine Corps Pfc Kurt M. Orton, a 2002 graduate of Salem High School, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
During the five-week course, Canady and Orton received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications.
They also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.
Canady joined the Marine Corps in December 2004 and Orton in November 2004.
Navy: Seaman Recruit Rebecca L. Porter, (Jackson-Milton High School, '04).
Army: Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Brandi N. Minor (Lincoln's Challenge Academy, Rantoul, Ill. '04), daughter of Gloria and Michael Mahoney of Grafton, Wis. and Daniel Minor of Niles.
Navy Ensign John G. Barry, son of Carolyn and John W. Barry of Hubbard, recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to his current rank in the U.S. Navy.
Barry received a bachelor of science degree in economics. He is a 2000 graduate of Ursuline High School.
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