Armed Forces digest


Seminar on benefits

SALEM — The Disabled American Veterans is offering a seminar on veterans benefits at 9 a.m. Saturday at VFW Post 892, 496 Arch St. The seminar is free to all veterans and their families.

POW/MIA recognition

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Lawrence County’s 15th annual POW/MIA recognition ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Lawrence County Government Center at Court Street and County Line Road. The speaker is Judge Thomas Piccione. The Eintracht Singing Society and Shenango High School band will perform. The event is sponsored by the Lawrence County Veterans Affairs Office and the Lawrence County Board of Commissioners.


Lieutenant commanders

YOUNGSTOWN — Brothers Daniel and Christian Parilla, sons of former Youngstown area residents C. Richard and Sonia Shepas Parilla, have achieved the rank of lieutenant commander and are Navy aviators.

Richard and Sonia, of Fairfax, Va., both schoolteachers, grew up in Girard and Campbell, respectively. He is a 1948 graduate of Girard High School, and she is a 1954 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.

Sonia taught 10 years at Campbell Elementary School, and Richard taught in the Mathews School District and at Youngstown State University.

Daniel received a bachelor’s degree in 1995 from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in international affairs and strategic studies from the Navy War College.

He left in May for his sixth tour of duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. He is married to the former Lesley Lilley, a graduate of Oberlin College, who lives in Alexandria, Va., and works at the Washington, D.C., Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institute.

Christian is a 2000 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has been deployed to several locations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He recently completed an assignment as a primary flight instructor at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma and is the Naval Officer Recruiting Station commander in Washington, D.C.

He is married to the former Vanessa Zeiner, who is a Latin teacher for Fairfax, Va., County Schools.


Air Force: Airman William M. Dangrow (Reynolds Junior-Senior High School, Greenville, Pa., ’07), son of Michael Dangrow of Fredonia, Pa., and grandson of Lucille Baker of Franklin, Pa.; Airman Eric J. Netroe (Struthers High School, ’08), son of Anna and Peter Roscoe of Struthers.

Army: National Guard Pvt. Stephanie M. Reppart (Grove City, Pa., Senior High School, ’08) daughter of Susan Reppart of Grove City; National Guard Pvt. Steven M. Kirsch Jr. (Reynolds High School, Greenville, Pa., ’08), son of Steven Kirsch Sr. of Fredonia, Pa.; Reserve Pfc. Sarah M. Mesinger (Grove City, Pa., Senior High School, ’07), daughter of John Mesinger of Mercer, Pa., and granddaughter of Beverly Hill of Grove City.

Marine Corps: Reserve Pfc. Preston W. Hernandez, son of Terri J. and Robert A. Hernandez of Mineral Ridge; Pfc. Michael E. Hickman, son of Lisa L. McHenry of East Liverpool and William R. McHenry of Newell, W.Va.; Pvt. Anthony M. McKinney (Grand Valley High School, Orwell, ’08).

Navy: Seaman Apprentice Eric B. Cooper (Newton Falls High School, ’09), son of Debbie L. and Bruce A. Cooper of Newton Falls.


Air Force program

Stephen W. Houk has entered the six-week, two-phased orientation program at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation for entering the first academic year at the academy.

He is the son of Alan and Constance Houk of Homeworth and is a 2009 graduate of United High School, Hanoverton.

Brown’s nominations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, encouraged applications from Ohioans seeking nomination from his office to U.S. Military Service Academies for the 2010-11 academic year. Applications are due to Brown’s Cleveland office by Oct. 1.

Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations. These include the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Military Academy at West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements should request an application through Brown’s Web site at The application process is time-intensive, so applicants should plan well in advance.

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