Flag gathering

YOUNGSTOWN — There will be a gathering of grave flags at Calvary Cemetery, Mahoning Avenue and Belle Vista Avenue on Saturday at 9 a.m. All groups that placed the flags are encouraged to participate. There will be a flag disposal ceremony at Calvary once the flags are gathered. Veteran groups in need of the grave-size flags are welcome to take what they need from the flags collected. These flags are less than 2 months old. Any questions can be directed to Barry Landgraver at the Mahoning Veterans Commission at (330) 740-2451 or Jan Brown at (330) 726-2552.

Woman of the year award

HUDSON — Betty Jo Biddle of Warren was named Woman of the Year for the Department of Ohio Army & Navy Union during the organization’s recent 89th Encampment. Als, several area residents were elected to state offices. Officers include: Mary Jones of Canton, president; Doreen Kascsak of Niles, senior vice president; Carol Montis of Akron, junior vice president; Carolyn Murphy of Youngstown, treasurer; Lynne Cowels of Niles, secretary; and Jackie Baun of Youngstown, vocalist.


Rear admiral nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Navy Capt. Terry J. Benedict, a native of Niles, is one of 25 captains nominated by President Bush for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Benedict is currently technical director for the Strategic Systems Program in Washington, D.C.

Benedict, a 1977 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Benedict.

Currently, Benedict is responsible for managing the Navy’s Trident II D5 missile program deployed aboard Ohio Class Submarines, maintaining associated fleet and industrial facilities and supporting the conversion of four Ohio Class submarines to deploy the Tomahawk Cruise Missile.

Benedict enlisted in the Navy in 1977 and, following graduation from Naval Academy Preparatory School, entered the Naval Academy at Annapolis, graduating in 1982. Following his initial sea duty aboard USS Harry E. Yarnell, Benedict attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he became an engineering duty officer and was subsequently assigned to SSP Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Benedict held several leadership positions in Strategic Systems Programs prior to his current position, including software manager for the Navigation Branch, assistant for Missile Engineering, Technical Director for the SSP Program Management Office in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Missile Engineering Section Head.


Specialist to serve in Iraq

Army Spc. Thomas G. Stanhope has been mobilized and activated for a future deployment to an undisclosed overseas location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Stanhope is a small-arms repairer normally assigned in Dundalk, Md. He is the son of Thomas H. Stanhope of Easton, Md., and Laurie A. Cortez of Hermitage, Pa.


Army: National Guard Pvt. Courtney N. Terry (Lincoln High School, Ellwood City, Pa., ‘05), daughter of Diane Terry of Ellwood City.


Annapolis graduation

U.S. Navy Ensign Chris Wright, son of Dave and Debbie Wright of Canfield, has graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Wright, a 2003 graduate of Canfield High School, received a bachelor of science degree with a major in Naval architecture. Wright was assigned to Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., where he will receive flight training as a Naval Flight Officer.

Graduated with honors

Army 2nd Lt. Daniel J. Mikus, son of Michael and Silvia Stefan of Youngstown and Daniel Mikus of Austintown, has graduated with honors from the Military Academy at West Point, where he studied international and strategic history.

Mikus, a 2003 graduate of Ursuline High School, was assigned to the Armor Corps. He will complete his officer basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., after which his permanent duty assignment will be at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Military Academy grad

Army 2nd Lt. George E. Bruchs, son of Gary Leedy and Carol Bruchs-Leedy of Youngstown, has graduated from the Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in sociology. Bruchs, a 2003 graduate of Ursuline High School, is assigned to the Field Artillery and will complete officer basic training at Fort Sill, Okla.

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